The Productivity Commission is the Australian Government’s independent research and advisory body on a range of economic, social and environmental issues affecting the welfare of Australians. Its key role is to help governments make better policies, in the long-term interest of the Australian community. The Commission’s focus is on ways of achieving a more productive and efficient economy — the key to higher living standards.
Visit the Commission’s website for further information: www.pc.gov.au
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet provides advice and support to the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, Portfolio Ministers and Assistant Ministers to achieve a coordinated and innovative approach to the development and implementation of Government policies. The Department coordinates and develops policy across the Government in economic, domestic and international issues and public service stewardship.
PM&C plays three key roles to help ensure the Australian Government functions at its best.
- We coordinate policy across Government with a focus on practical changes to improve the lives of all Australians and effective implementation.
- We work with the Australian Public Service Commission to create a productive public sector.
- We consult across government, private enterprise, the not-for-profit sector and the community.
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is Australia’s central bank and derives its functions and powers from the Reserve Bank Act 1959. Its duty is to contribute to the stability of the currency, full employment, and the economic prosperity and welfare of the Australian people. It does this by conducting monetary policy to meet an agreed medium-term inflation target, working to maintain a strong financial system and efficient payments system, and issuing the nation’s banknotes. The RBA provides certain banking services as required to the Australian Government and its agencies, and to a number of overseas central banks and official institutions. Additionally, it manages Australia’s gold and foreign exchange reserves.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is Australia’s national statistical agency and an official source of independent, reliable information. We tell the real story of Australia, its economy and its people by bringing life and meaning to numbers.
We inform Australia’s important decisions by partnering and innovating to deliver relevant, trusted, objective statistics. We are committed to pushing the boundaries of what data can do for Australian communities, businesses and governments.
Our data assists policy makers and researchers gain a better understanding of Australia’s population and economy and deliver insights to inform policy priorities and improve the development and delivery of government programs and services.
The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) is an independent economic and social research organisation located within the Faculty of Business and Law at Curtin University. The Centre was established in 2012 through the generous support of Bankwest, and pursues a mission to deliver high quality, accessible research that contributes to the wellbeing of families, businesses and communities in Western Australia, nationally and internationally.
The Centre ranks among the top economic and social research groups in the country, and is home to an exceptional team of researchers publishing on a broad portfolio of topics, with particular expertise in labour economics, gender equity, Indigenous wellbeing and public policy.
The Centre’s research and engagement activities are designed to influence policy debates within government, industry and community sectors, and the wider Australian community. Through its reputation as a centre of research excellence, BCEC provides regular media commentary on contemporary economic and social issues.
The Department of Finance provides fiscal and economic advice to the Australian Government and assists it to shape and deliver its priorities and policies, formulate the annual Budget and implement its fiscal strategy — while ensuring public expenditure reflects best practice financial management. Work in Finance includes undertaking analysis and providing advice to the Government on the costs and benefits of expenditure policy proposals; impacts of economic developments on expenditure; and expenditure trends and fiscal sustainability. Finance’s responsibilities also include managing public assets, advancing public sector reform and advising on government investment funds.
Treasury is the Government’s lead economic adviser. Treasury’s purpose is to provide advice to the Government and implement policies and programs to achieve strong and sustainable economic and fiscal outcomes for Australians. We anticipate and analyse policy issues with a whole-of-economy perspective, understand government and stakeholder circumstances, and respond rapidly to changing events and directions.
Macroeconomic Group promotes Australia’s current and future prosperity by advising Treasury ministers on all matters of macroeconomic importance. This includes delivering assessments of the current economic conditions and outlook for the Australian economy that underpin fiscal estimates, advice on the macroeconomic opportunities and consequences of policy options and advancing Australia’s interests in our region and the world.
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The Centre for Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology (BEST) is a national and international leader in applied behavioural insights and research, based in Brisbane at the Queensland University of Technology. The Centre draws on QUT’s expertise in Behavioural Insights, as applied in economics and social marketing, while leveraging and amplifying QUT’s expertise in health, science, technology and creative industries. The BEST Centre brings together researchers interested in applying Behavioural Insights to address real world problems in close collaboration with government, industry and the not-for-profit sector.
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The Behavioural Lab at the University of Tasmania consists of a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, all of whom use a behavioural lens to study how people make decisions. Many of today’s most pressing social and environmental challenges are rooted in human behaviour. A thorough understanding of the behavioural roots of these challenges will help us develop more effective solutions to address them. Supported by state-of-the-art experimental facilities capable of conducting both lab and field studies, our Lab has expertise and experience in designing, testing, and evaluating interventions aimed at improving societal wellbeing and outcomes.
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