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Current research focus

In 2021, CEDA’s research and policy agenda is focused on three key objectives.

  • Supporting a dynamic economy and businesses through exploring the role technology and data, population and migration, and workforce and institutions can play. All are critical to Australia’s future.

  • The provision of world class essential services. Meeting increasing demand and expectations is a significant challenge and the focus of CEDA’s research.

  • Enabling economic opportunity by ensuring people have the capacity to look after themselves and their families, the ability to pursue their potential and participate in the economy – a key requirement for successful economic development.

We will be exploring our 2021 agenda through four areas – public interest technology, migration, business dynamism and competitiveness and better human services – while our team of economists also continue to analyse the long-term trends shaping the economic development of the country.

2021 research agenda

Briefings from the CEDA research team

Economic trends and recovery

Our team of economists are ready to brief your organisation on Australia’s short-term economic outlook, long-terms trends that will drive business in the years ahead, policy implications and what it all means for your business and industry.

Our economic briefings bring you the latest analysis, findings and insights from the CEDA research team, as the country moves out of the recession and through recovery.

Delivered virtually or in person, CEDA’s program of economic briefings are exclusive to members. In addition to analysis on the broader economic outlook, CEDA also offers more tailored briefings to members at an additional charge. Tailored economic briefings focus on specific areas of policy, industries, regions and demographic cohorts and are customised to suit your specific needs. 

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Foundational research document: Connecting people with progress

In November 2018, CEDA released Connecting people with progress: securing future economic development which explores how we can realise better social and economic outcomes for Australians in the decades to come. This document underpins CEDA’s current research focus on securing future progress that is tangible and relatable to the Australian community.

This report detailed critical policy priorities for economic development and also detailed where progress has been delivered and has fallen short. 

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CEDA research: analysis, insights and recommendations

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Opinion articles: read insights from leading Australian experts

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We want to hear the perspective and insights of our members. 

Get in touch with our research team about the role you can play in our research agenda as we deliver on our purpose: identifying policy issues that matter for Australia’s future and pursuing solutions that deliver better economic and social outcomes for the greater good

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