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  • THE SUCCESS OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNANCE ON SUPERANNUATION BOARDS

    This Report has argued the internal (non-market) governance of superannuation funds in Australia is a reform area likely to have a substantial impact upon the long-term performance of the superannuation sector.

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  • GIVING THE WEST THE BEST: WHY WESTERN SYDNEY NEEDS ITS OWN AIRPORT

    Badgerys Creek airport has the potential to deliver a large boost in jobs and economic growth right across Western Sydney, but only if designed well.

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  • Meeting the shortfall: How clubs can provide affordable social services in our communities

    This report identifies a number of low-cost policy changes that could be implemented to help facilitate a new wave of investment into social services by the NSW clubs industry.

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  • Superfast broadband: The future is in your hands

    This report assesses new opportunities for the NBN. In particular, we examine how the growth of mobile services has transformed the telecommunications industry and how NBN has the potential to dramatically improve mobile telecommunications.

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  • Understanding Productivity – Australia’s Choice

    This report provides a number of practical recommendations aimed at boosting Australia’s productivity growth.

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  • The Case for a National Portable Long Service Leave Scheme

    This report provides a comprehensive framework for the establishment of a National Portable Long Service Scheme in Australia.

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  • Homes for all: A McKell Institute Report by Dr Tim Williams and Sean Macken

    This report outlines 40 practical recommendations aimed at making housing in Australia and New South Wales.

    Click here for the full report

THE SUCCESS OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNANCE ON SUPERANNUATION BOARDS

Australia’s superannuation system has transformed the way Australians think about their retirement. But as the size of the funds increase there is additional scrutiny surrounding the governance structures in place to administer the savings of members. The new Federal Government has kick-started the debate with its discussion paper: Better regulation and governance, enhanced transparency and improved competition in superannuation. It has been simultaneously welcomed and condemned, and while its motivations have been questioned there is now more than ever a focus on the governance on these massive pools of savings. Click here for the full report

Giving the West the Best: Why Western Sydney needs its own airport

Every year, more and more people choose to call Western Sydney home. Western Sydney currently has a population of over two million people, making it roughly the same size as Brisbane. By the mid-2030s, this will grow to three million people, and Western Sydney will be home to one in every two Sydneysiders. As the population of Western Sydney continues to grow, we need to make sure that we’re also growing the number of jobs available to people who live in the local area. To properly cater for population growth, Western Sydney is expected to need an additional 384,000 new jobs by 2036.A Western Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek will be a huge contributor to providing these jobs for Western Sydney residents, delivering approximately 35,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2035, almost one tenth of what will be required. Click here for the full report

Meeting the shortfall: How clubs can provide affordable social services in our communities

The McKell Institute has released a groundbreaking report into how registered clubs can provide affordable child care and aged care services to NSW residents. In Australia, roughly 850 new babies are born every single day, a rate that is 25% higher than one decade ago. This growth in new births is expected to increase, eventually reaching 1260 a day by 2061. We also know that the over 85 age group is now Australia’s fastest growing demographic. Over the next two decades, there will be a 1.5 million increase in the number of Australians aged 85 and above. The growth in these two demographics will underpin a substantial increase in demand for aged care and child care services. As this occurs, the proportion of working age to non-working age Australians is expected to shrink. The policy challenge for government will be how it deals with this increase in demand for services at the same time that revenue growth is shrinking. This report identifies a number of low-cost policy changes that could be implemented to help facilitate a new wave of investment into social services by the NSW clubs industry. Click here for the full report

Superfast broadband: The future is in your hands

The National Broadband Network (NBN) will deliver a comprehensive upgrade to Australia’s national broadband infrastructure. This will be of profound importance to Australia’s long-term productivity agenda. This paper assesses new opportunities for the NBN. In particular, we examine how the growth of mobile services has transformed the telecommunications industry and how NBN has the potential to dramatically improve mobile telecommunications. It makes the case that the NBN, far from becoming redundant due to the explosion in mobile internet access, is in fact crucial to delivering better mobile services to both regional and urban areas without any significant increases in cost. It argues that the recent development of small mobile base stations (able to be placed on lampposts for example), connected to the NBN, can significantly increase and improve mobile coverage in both urban and regional Australia. This has the potential to radically reshape Australia’s economic and social future. Click here for the full report

Understanding Productivity – Australia’s Choice

Australia’s productivity performance over the last decade has slipped. Our commodity boom and terms of trade boost have masked that performance. Given the likelihood that Australia’s terms of trade will decline as the commodity price cycle runs its course, the need to improve Australia’s medium and long-term productivity performance becomes even more pressing if we are to continue to raise living standards in our nation. Understanding Productivity – Australia’s Choice examines Australia’s productivity slowdown more broadly while also investigating the industry specific factors that have contributed to a decline in Multi-Factor Productivity. This report provides a number of practical recommendations aimed at boosting Australia’s productivity growth. We can do much better than we currently are – and Understanding Productivity provides a road map for how to achieve it. Click here for the full report

The Case for a National Portable Long Service Leave Scheme

The McKell Institute and Macquarie University have released a major report on the case for a National Portable Long Service Leave Scheme in Australia. Long Service Leave is a basic workplace entitlement. While the length of leave and qualification periods vary, the general entitlement a worker receives is two months leave after ten years continuous service with the same employer. However, due to the changing nature of the labour market only 1 in 4 Australian workers stay with the same employer for 10 years. That means that 75% of working Australians don’t receive Long Service Leave. Now more than ever before Australian workers are struggling to balance their work commitments with their family and other life commitments. Recent studies have shown that over 50% of employees would rather have extra leave than take an equivalent pay rise. This report provides the most comprehensive framework for the establishment of a National Portable Long Service Scheme ever produced in Australia. Click here for the full report

Homes for all: A McKell Institute Report by Dr Tim Williams and Sean Macken

Australians have long embraced the traditional housing career of working hard, saving a deposit, and buying a home. But increasingly for too many Australians, the realisation of the dream of home ownership has slipped beyond their grasp. Homes for All – The 40 things we can do to improve supply and affordability provides practical recommendations aimed at making housing affordable. Collectively these recommendations amount to a program that will see an end to a business as usual approach in housing – an approach which has failed the homeless, tenants, those who want to get into home ownership, first time buyers and many existing home owners. We can do much better than business as usual – and Homes for All provides a road map for how to achieve it. Click here for the full report