Australian Economy

Navigating a path through the national energy policy morass

The almost weekly major energy policy announcements by State and Commonwealth Governments in recent times brings to mind the old cliche of never letting a good (energy) crisis go to waste. Sadly, the lack of national direction and various recent uncoordinated Government policy announcements to address short term political problems could be laying the groundwork […]

A tale of two stevedores – infrastructure charges

In recent months, Australia’s two major stevedores have announced increased fees for truck and rail operators accessing major city container port terminals. Such charges have become a regular feature in the Australian stevedoring landscape, much to the ire of land-side operators and other stakeholders. Where state governments have previously failed to show leadership to encourage […]

How the tables have turned…

At the beginning of 2016, headline figures suggested our economy was growing at a steady pace. Yet the income and wellbeing of Australians was far from rosy – we were in an income recession as deep as the one we experienced in the early 1990s recession. Almost twelve months on, the latest figures show that […]

Central Elements of Effective Policy Making

This policy update provides a brief and general review of the most recent policies, strategies and initiatives announced in the lead up to the Federal election. A central role for Government is to set the policy framework for its constituents. This is not an easy task, especially if we take into account the constrained timelines […]

The new Victorian Water Regulatory Framework (PREMO)

Victoria will be implementing a new water pricing framework for the next regulatory price review in 2018. The framework will apply to 16 of the State’s urban water businesses and Southern Rural Water. This briefing note summarises the impetus for the new framework, its key features and draws attention to elements that have been modified, refined […]