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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?

Read more about Improving service sector productivity: the economic imperative.