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Completed Research

This is our catalogue of policy relevant research that has been completed.

Working from Home

16 / 09 / 2021

The paper considers how decisions about location of work will be made as firms and workers continue to learn how to organise their work, and what an increase in working from home might mean for workplace regulation, urban centres and wellbeing more generally.

Innovations in Care for Chronic Health Conditions

24 / 03 / 2021

This report is about innovative approaches to managing chronic health conditions. Such initiatives aim to promote people’s wellbeing, increase the efficiency of the healthcare system and reduce hospital use.

Plan to Identify Planning and Zoning Reforms

09 / 03 / 2021

In July 2020, the Council on Federal Financial Relations asked the Commission to prepare a plan to identify planning and zoning reforms that jurisdictions could consider as part of their response to, and recovery from, the COVID-19 pandemic.

Regulatory Technology

09 / 10 / 2020

This information paper has its origins in the Council of Federal Financial Relations, and is intended to support consideration of opportunities to improve regulatory administration and compliance through technology.

Victoria's Commercial Land Use Zoning

14 / 09 / 2020

This case study explores the implementation and impacts of changes to Victoria’s commercial zones over the past decade.

Why Did Young People’s Incomes Decline?

30 / 07 / 2020

This research paper analyses trends in young people’s incomes from 2001 to 2018 and drivers behind the decline in their incomes after 2008.

Foreign Investment in Australia

23 / 06 / 2020

This research paper looks at the trends, drivers and effects of foreign investment in Australia, and the Australian Government’s foreign investment policy. Foreign investment is beneficial for the Australian economy, but brings some risk which can be managed by government policy.

Integrated Urban Water Management — Why a good idea seems hard to implement

18 / 03 / 2020

This research paper examines the policy and implementation frameworks currently governing the urban water sector to identify where there may be impediments to the adoption of Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM).

Vulnerable Private Renters: Evidence and Options

25 / 09 / 2019

This research paper examines the experiences of vulnerable people in the private rental market and the consequences of those experiences, where possible. It also discusses the policy environment affecting outcomes for vulnerable renters, and private renters more generally.

The Demand Driven University System: A mixed report card

17 / 06 / 2019

This research paper documents what happened during the demand driven university system before it ceased in 2017.

Growing the Digital Economy in Australia and New Zealand: Maximising Opportunities for Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

14 / 02 / 2019

This joint Australian and New Zealand report looks at the broad challenges and opportunities created by the digital economy and at what institutional and regulatory settings by the Australian and New Zealand Governments would be most effective.

Rising inequality? A stocktake of the evidence

28 / 08 / 2018

The purpose of this research paper is to contribute to an informed discussion in Australia by bringing together and taking stock of the latest and most complete evidence measuring the prevalence of, and trends in, inequality, economic mobility and disadvantage across Australian society.

Rising Protectionism: Challenges, threats and opportunities for Australia

19 / 07 / 2017

This paper outlines a three pronged strategy that would help achieve better outcomes for all Australians and foster public confidence in open markets.

Digital Disruption: What do governments need to do?

15 / 06 / 2016

This paper focuses on the role of government in the face of potentially disruptive technological change.

Indigenous Primary School Achievement

08 / 06 / 2016

This self-initiated research project was able to access a new national dataset that links information about primary school students' literacy and numeracy achievement and demographic characteristics with information about the schools they attend.

Developments in Anti-Dumping Arrangements

29 / 02 / 2016

This research paper provides an economic stocktake of recent anti-dumping activity and the changes to Australia's anti-dumping system since the Commission's last report.

Housing Decisions of Older Australians

01 / 12 / 2015

The report is the third flagship research paper and it continues the investigation of issues relating to the ageing of Australia's population, this time focusing on the housing choices made by older Australians.

Tax and Transfer Incidence in Australia

07 / 10 / 2015

This paper sheds light on how Australia's tax and transfer system functions to distribute income across the population and over lifetimes. It presents a descriptive analysis to inform public debate about the distributive impacts of the tax and transfer system in the lead up to the development of the Australian Government's Tax Options and White Papers.

Superannuation Policy for Post-Retirement

07 / 07 / 2015

This report is a detailed analysis of two aspects of superannuation policy affecting the post-retirement phase: What might happen if the age that individuals can access their superannuation (the 'preservation age') were raised? Is the way people draw down their superannuation, and in particular, the use of lump sums, problematic?

International Education Services

30 / 04 / 2015

This paper focuses on the two key policy levers the Government has at its disposal to influence International Education Services (IES): the visa system and regulation aimed at providing quality assurance in the delivery of education to international students.