Recent research


Since 1960, CEDA has produced more than 3000 publications, research reports and articles.

2016 research publications

In 2016, CEDA's publications focused on Australia's economic future, budget repair options, the role of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector in meeting the skills required for Australia's growth, and the economic consequences of the migration program for Australia.

Migration: the economic debate

November 2016

CEDA released a research report in November 2016 which examines the economic consequences of the migration program for Australia and the effectiveness of the migration program itself.

VET: securing skills for growth

August 2016

CEDA released a research report in August 2016, which examines the role of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in meeting the skills required for Australia's growth. CEDA seeks to assess the current outcomes of the sector and propose ways the VET system could be improved in order to meet the skills Australia will require for growth.  


Australia's economic future: agenda for growth

June 2016

CEDA released this major research report on 14 June 2016,  which examines reforms to address the current economic and social challenges of Australia. Australia’s economic future: agenda for growth, presents a range of policy reforms that an incoming government of either persuasion could adopt.  

Deficit to balance: budget repair options

March 2016

CEDA released a policy perspective in March 2016 which examined how Australia can balance the books and repair the budget.


2016 information papers and special publications

In 2016, CEDA released a series of information papers on constitution reform, the TPP Agreement and Brexit; as well as a Top 10 Speeches publication focussing on the topics of disruption and innovation over the past five years.



CEDA's Top 10 Speeches: Disruption and innovation 2011-2016

In 2016, CEDA celebrates five years of engaging and forward-thinking speeches on the CEDA stage – discussing the technologies, skills and attitudes Australia will need to embrace the fourth industrial revolution – with the release of CEDA's Top 10 Speeches: Disruption and innovation 2011-2016.


Constitution reform

This two-part information paper outlines the complexities of making Constitutional reform in Australia. It comes on the back of the Turnbull Government’s goal to seek Constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians before May 2017. CEDA's final information paper for 2016 discusses:

  • What makes a successful referendum;
  • What outcomes are the Recognise campaign looking to achieve;
  • Arguments from the "no" campaign; and
  • New Zealand’s Treaty of Waitangi. 



TPP Agreement explained

The release of TPP Agreement explained follows the February 2016 signing of the proposed agreement. The paper discusses the pros and cons of the free trade agreement, the likelihood the agreement will be ratified, and what Australian's can expect to see from here. CEDA's second information paper of 2016 outlines:

  • Support and criticisms of the TPP;
  • Corporations using ISDS to sue Australia;
  • The likely outcomes of the TPP for Australia; and
  • Barriers to ratification. 

Brexit explained

Following the referendum on the United Kingdom's continued membership of the European Union, CEDA's first information paper for 2016, Brexit explained discusses:

  • The campaigns to leave or remain;
  • Implications for business and the economy;
  • Political fallout; and
  • Implications for Australia. 


2015 research publications

In 2015, CEDA's publications focused on Australia's global business networks, funding retirement income, the future workforce of Australia and examining issues associated with the economics of disadvantage.


Global networks: transforming how Australia does business

November 2015

Global networks: transforming how Australia does business, examines the importance of global connectedness to Australia's future prosperity.


The super challenge of retirement income policy

September 2015

The super challenge of retirement income policy, examines the economic impacts of Australia's ageing population and decreasing housing affordability.


Australia's future workforce?

June 2015

CEDA's major research report for 2015, Australia's future workforce? examines what jobs and skills Australia needs to develop to ensure the economy continues to grow and diversify


Addressing entrenched disadvantage in Australia

September 2015

Addressing entrenched disadvantage in Australia examines issues associated with the economics of disadvantage.


2014 research publications

In 2014, CEDA's research publications focused on topics including the G20, the economic impact of climate change, the advanced manufacturing sector in Australia and the Federation. 


October 2014 

CEDA's policy perspective, A Federation for the 21st Century, examines the efficiency of federation in Australia, identifies issues with the current system and makes reform recommendations to improve the system.


August 2014

CEDA's policy perspective, Australia's Brisbane Summit challenge: Securing G20's future, examines the role, effectiveness and processes associated with the G20, specifically looking at international governance, financial regulation and taxation regulation. 


Climate change

June 2014

Released on 18 June 2014, CEDA's report, The Economics of Climate Change, examines the economic impact of climate change for Australia, explores the responses of other nations, and considers what policies will be most effective for Australia to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.      

Advanced manufacturing

April 2014  

Released on 30 April 2014, CEDA's report, Advanced Manufacturing: Beyond the production line, examines the potential of advanced manufacturing as a source of income and employment to contribute to Australia's future prosperity.

2013 research publications

In 2013, CEDA research publications focused on topics including women in leadership, healthcare, Australia's public policy directions and the optimising national prosperity.

Australia Adjusting: Optimising national prosperity

November 2013

CEDA's major research report for 2013, Australia Adjusting: Optimising national prosperity, explores how Australia can remain competitive into the future. It calls for the establishment of a National Productivity Policy as well as reforms to the taxation system, the Federation (to reduce overlap), industrial relations policies and education.

Healthcare: Reform or ration

April 2013

CEDA's publication Healthcare: Reform or ration explores Australia's biotechnology industry, the skills required to enable healthcare innovation and the fiscal challenges Australia's healthcare system faces. It also provides recommendations for improving the pricing of generic drugs in Australia, potentially saving billions in healthcare spending by government.

Reinventing the Regions

March 2013

In March 2013 CEDA, together with Regional Development Victoria, released a report that documents the findings from the series of events held in 2011-2012 across Victoria. This report provides an overview of the changes taking place in five of Victoria's regional economies, key policy and economic themes that emerged from discussions throughout the series of events, case studies from regional businesses and five individual event summaries.

Setting Public Policy

August 2013

CEDA's publication Setting Public Policy sets out a practical approach for making meaningful change in public policy. CEDA used its unique relationship with politicians, advocates and policy advisers to draw together practical and personal experience on successful economic reform in Australia.

Women in Leadership: Understanding the gender gap

June 2013

CEDA's publication Women in Leadership: Understanding the gender gap explores a broad range of gender diversity issues, including barriers to career progression, the gender pay and participation gap, tax incentives and childcare, workplace diversity, and hidden cultural and unconscious barriers. It makes recommendations on enabling workplace meritocracies, changing workplace culture, and engaging leaders and introducing accountability.


2012 research publications

In 2012, CEDA research publications focused on the topics of population, water and energy, and climate policy. CEDA's 2012 publications include:

Annual publications and surveys

Economic and Political Overview (EPO)

CEDA's has been providing the policy community with an annual economic and political overview for more than 30 years. The 2015 Economic and Political Overview also examined also examined funding options from the finance sector and some proposed market-based reforms and equity issues in Australia. In addition to releasing the EPO publication, each year CEDA also holds a series of Economic and Political Overview forums across the country.
Read more on the 2015 EPO

World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY)

The World Competitiveness Yearbook is produced by the IMD World Competitiveness Centre, one of the world's top business schools, with the help of international partners. CEDA coordinates Australia's contribution to the WCY, the world's leading source of information on international competitiveness and economic efficiency. The WCY rankings and detailed country-by-country data are used by businesses and governments around the world to attract business investment. Read the 2015 results.

Big Issues

Each year, CEDA surveys members and the policy community to identify the main challenges facing Australian business and governments. The results play an important role in developing CEDA's research and policy agenda and options for government. View results of the 2015 Big Issues survey