Reports & Research
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
The Case for a National Portable Long Service Leave Scheme
The McKell Institute and Macquarie University have today 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
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
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