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CEDA's policy priorities address significant gaps in Australia's economic and social infrastructure. They are areas that lack national, robust and independent policy debate and solutions.

Since 1960, CEDA has produced more than 3000 publications, research reports and articles, highlighting emerging issues and directions in a diverse range of policy areas.

CEDA's 2017 policy priorities

Outbound investment

CEDA will release a research report in April 2017 that will examine Australia’s outbound investment. The report will assess whether Australia has the right institutional setting to support an outbound focus for business, and discuss case studies of successful foreign investments by Australian businesses.

This report will seek to examine: 

  • The current state of play of Australia’s outbound investment and historic flows of investment;
  • Whether Australia has the right institutional settings to support an outbound focus for business;
  • The need for Australian businesses to invest throughout the logistics and distribution chains when seeking export opportunities in Asia;
  • If Australia’s tax system supports outbound investment; and
  • Case studies of successful foreign investments by Australian businesses.

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Improving service sector productivity: the economic imperative

CEDA will release a research report in June 2017 that will examine the economic consequences of Australia’s productivity performance in the services sector. This report will assess the productivity performance of the sector and discuss policies and areas that can contribute to an improvement in the productivity of services. In analysing this issue, CEDA aims to assess the role of the services sector by seeking to answer the following questions:

  • What is the industry's productivity scorecard?
  • How does Australia's performance compare internationally?
  • What are the impediments and drivers of productivity growth?
  • Where are there productivity gains to be made?
  • What is the importance of services to exports?

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Housing Australia

CEDA will release a research report in August 2017 that will examine the issue of housing in Australia.

  • The implications of the current monetary policy regime and other government policies such as negative gearing on house prices and housing affordability. 
  • Affordable housing –  assessing various models for the provision of affordable housing such as social housing and the National Rental Affordability Scheme. 
  • Intergenerational inequity – the implication of lower home ownership rates among younger Australians, rising wealth inequality, renting implications and rental affordability standards.
  • Housing in the regions.

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International economic disruption and its effects on Australia

CEDA will release a research report in November 2017. Following international geo-political events such as Brexit and the ascension of US President Donald Trump, this report will consider what economic effects will be felt in Australia from policy decisions that emerge from these and other events. The report will also examine the implications for Australian business of such decisions.

Questions to be considered in this report may include:

  • Will Trump’s claim to invest heavily in infrastructure open opportunities for Australian companies? 
  • Will Trump’s stance, and that of UK Prime Minister Theresa May, on immigration turn international students to Australia?
  • What future is there for multi-lateral trade agreements? 
  • Where will China fit into this picture?
  • What are the social and political consequences of these issues for Australia?

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