2020 research agenda



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To explore the policy reforms and address the issues that have fallen out of the COVID-19 pandemic, CEDA has revised its 2020 research agenda.

CEDA 2020 revised research agenda

The pandemic has changed governments’ policy priorities and the nation’s economic priorities. As such CEDA's 2020 research agenda will also incorporate a focus on four topics that will be published through a series of short research papers, blogs and interactive livestreams in the months ahead.

CEDA has launched the Recovery: coming back better series. Using its network and experience during this period, CEDA is exploring new and innovative policy opportunities and options that go further than the usual tool kit of existing policy solutions.

To restart Australia's economy, we are going to need a broad economic agenda that incorporates innovative policy solutions to drive investment in these unusual times and drive the economic activity and job creation needed following the COVID-19 health and economic crises.

As part of this series, CEDA will explore:

The themes underpinning our planned research reports for 2020 – data, Community Pulse, immigration and disadvantage – remain important and work will continue on these themes. CEDA will monitor and assess the economic policy environment in the coming months with a view to advancing the topics we had planned in 2020.

Community Pulse 2020
Technology and data | Workforce | Population | Critical services | Institutions
Community Pulse 2020 will build on the 2018 survey providing an opportunity to analyse trends over time and how that correlates to economic and policy settings during the past two years.

Disrupting disadvantage
Workforce | Institutions | Critical services
In 2020, CEDA will release the second report in our series on entrenched disadvantage. 

2019 research reports

In 2019, CEDA's research agenda explored the federal government's budget ahead of the election, the effects of temporary migration, disrupting the cycle of disadvantage and the pulse of Australian businesses, with our Company Pulse survey. 

Sustainable budgets: underwriting Australia’s social compact
Critical services | Institutions

This report provided a preview of the long-term fiscal pressures Australian governments face and outline the long-term shifts that Australia will need to make to expenditure programs, the tax base and budget transparency to address these pressures. 

Effects of temporary migration
Workforce | Populations

This research report interrogated data to better understand the role that migrants, specifically temporary migrants, play in Australia’s economy. It provided key insights on how the Australian Government could enhance its approach to temporary migration policy ensuring the stability of the program in the years to come.

Company Pulse
Technology and data | Workforce | Population | Critical services | Institutions

In 2018, CEDA commissioned its first ever nation-wide survey of community attitudes to economic growth and development. In 2019, CEDA took the pulse of Australian business, to better understand community expectations of business; and the challenges facing business leaders.

Disrupting disadvantage: setting the scene
Technology and data |  Workforce | Critical services | Institutions

Building on its 2015 report into entrenched disadvantage and 2018 report into inequality, CEDA explored how Australia can adopt innovative new approaches to breaking the cycle of entrenched disadvantage.

CEDA's policy stack

In 2018 CEDA identified its policy stack - technology and data; workplace, workforce and collaboration; population; critical services and institutions. These are issues and areas in which CEDA believes it can play an important role in advancing reforms that will drive progress and connect people to it and will be the focus of CEDA's research and advocacy. Learn more here.