CEDA report out today identifies 10 priority areas to drive economic growth

A new CEDA report being released today provides policy priorities across 10 key areas to ensure continued growth in the Australian economy, an issue of critical importance particularly in the current Federal Election campaign.

Releasing CEDA’s latest research report Australia’s economic future: an agenda for growth, CEDA Chief Executive, Professor the Hon. Stephen Martin said with less than three weeks to polling day, it was vital that both major parties delivered sustainable, holistic plans for how they will drive growth in Australia over the next three years.

“CEDA has identified 10 key areas where action needs to be taken which are: innovation; competition policy; education; workforce participation; infrastructure; fiscal resilience; tax reform; federalism; workplace relations; and climate change.

“Key policy actions under each of these categories are identified that range from long term planning for infrastructure development and removing unnecessary regulation to initiatives to reduce the cost of childcare and the high marginal tax rate families experience when the second income earner seeks to re-enter the labour market following parental leave.

“Encouraging innovation, improving overall education outcomes and introducing competition reform to previously protected areas are other key areas explored.

“To maintain Australia’s economic prosperity and ensure we continue to create high paying jobs of the future, Australia needs a genuine growth agenda to improve our competitiveness, increase economic flexibility and drive investment in economic infrastructure and our people.

“Australia is well positioned economically but with the right reform it can do better and increase the likelihood of continuing success in a highly competitive global economy.

“This CEDA report delivers an important roadmap of priority areas to ensure our future prosperity.”

Professor Martin said the report is part two of CEDA’s 2016 series on economic repair. In March CEDA released Deficit to balance: budget repair options which examined options for repairing the Federal Budget and returning to surplus by 2018-19.

“This latest research examines how to repair Australia’s economic structures and drive a growth agenda,” he said.

“Australia has undergone significant economic reform in the past which has served us well and ensured our current level of prosperity.

“However, it is time again to embrace an economic reformist zeal to ensure the next wave of prosperity.”

Australia’s economic future: an agenda for growth is being launched in Melbourne at noon with speakers including CEDA National Chairman, Paul McClintock AO; Productivity Commission Chairman, Peter Harris; IFM Investors Chief Executive, Brett Himbury; and Infrastructure Victoria CEO Michel Masson. Further information on the launch event is available here.

Read and download Australia's economic future: agenda for growth

Release events for this research will also be held in Adelaide on 20 June, Brisbane on 23 June, and Sydney and Perth on 24 June.

About CEDA

CEDA – the Committee for Economic Development of Australia – is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation.

We identify policy issues that matter for Australia’s future. We work to drive policies that deliver better economic, social and environmental outcomes for Australia. We deliver on our purpose by: Leveraging insights from our members to identify and understand the most important issues Australia faces. Facilitating collaboration and idea sharing to invoke imaginative, innovative and progressive policy solutions. Providing a platform to stimulate thinking, raise new ideas and debate critical and challenging issues. Influencing decision makers in government, business and the community by delivering objective information and expert analysis and advocating in support of our positions. CEDA's membership spans every state and territory and includes Australia's leading businesses, community organisations, government departments and academic institutions. The organisation was founded in 1960 by leading economist Sir Douglas Copland, and his legacy of applying economic analysis to practical problems to aid the development of Australia continues as we celebrate 60 years of influence, reform and impact across the nation.;