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Catalysing innovation in Australia

Catalysing innovation in Australia

Innovation has become a central focus of the Australian Government under Malcolm Turnbull. This is timely – for too long, we have been beset by a lack of world-first innovations and dearth of truly innovative companies.

Regulation and privatisation

Regulation and privatisation

Infrastructure privatisation is popular with most Australian governments but it won’t work out well without sound frameworks to regulate private infrastructure providers and policy settings that allow prices to reflect costs.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student education

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student education

Contextual factors influence each community and school in their efforts to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Not all the good work being driven by schools is measured or reflected in outcomes data.

Addressing disadvantage in Australia

Addressing disadvantage in Australia

The CEDA report 'Addressing entrenched disadvantage in Australia', sponsored by ACIL Allen Consulting, provides important information to enhance the efforts to address entrenched disadvantage in Australia and helps us better understand the nature of the problem.

Budget or economic strategy?

Budget or economic strategy?

The budget and statements of economic strategy should be different animals, but they're not. This article was derived from a speech on the 2015 Commonwealth budget made to the Economic Society, 18 May 2015.

Outcomes measurement in client centred services

Outcomes measurement in client centred services

Government departments are being asked to report on outcomes achieved through programs and services. Reporting outcomes in the context of social policy, particularly that of client centred services, poses challenges.

Farmer data pools in the future

Farmer data pools in the future

Agriculture relies on farm data to develop the industry. This raises the matter of how farm data should pooled.
The issue of farm data pooling relates to how data users and analytics combine to create incentives for data pools.

Competition in the tertiary education market

Competition in the tertiary education market

Under the Commonwealth government’s proposed reforms to higher education, TAFE colleges and accredited private providers will be able to compete with established universities for students supported by Commonwealth funding.