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Completed Research

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

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.

Efficiency in Health

23 / 04 / 2015

In this paper, the Commission has identified and assessed opportunities to improve the operation of Australia's health care system. This is based on a roundtable the Commission held with health policy experts in November 2014, as well as follow-up research.

Housing Assistance and Employment in Australia

09 / 04 / 2015

This paper examines the links between housing assistance - social housing and Commonwealth Rent Assistance - and employment.

Examining Barriers to More Efficient Gas Markets

31 / 03 / 2015

This paper examines issues relating to different stages of the gas supply chain in the eastern Australian gas market, against the backdrop of integration with the Asia-Pacific market.

Australia's International Tourism Industry

26 / 02 / 2015

The Commission examined trends, drivers and barriers to growth in the Australian international tourism industry. The paper was released on 26 February 2015.

An Ageing Australia: Preparing for the Future

22 / 11 / 2013

This report focuses on the effects of ageing on economic output (underpinned by changes in population, participation and productivity) and the resulting implications for government budgets were current policy settings to be maintained. In that context, it will help inform the forthcoming Intergenerational Report (IGR).

Competition, Innovation and Productivity in Australian Businesses

09 / 09 / 2011

This paper investigates two important relationships relating to firm behaviour and performance using econometric methods. First, the relationship between product market competition and innovation is examined, and then the association between innovation and productivity is separately investigated.

Population and Migration: Understanding the Numbers

09 / 12 / 2010

This research paper explores some of the factors affecting Australia's population growth over the years.

Trends in Aged Care Services: some implications

25 / 09 / 2008

This research paper explores a number of challenges to Australia's aged care system that population ageing and growing diversity among older people are expected to pose over the next 40 years.

Financial Performance of Government Trading Enterprises 2004-05 to 2006-07

31 / 07 / 2008

Financial Performance of Government Trading Enterprises 2004-05 to 2006-07 was released on 31 July 2008. It forms part of the Commission's research into the performance of Australian industries and the progress of microeconomic reform.