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Data for Local Economic Development Planning

Since 1998 the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research has prepared an annual State of the Regions report for the Australian Local Government Association. The report includes coverage of urban as well as country regions – for example, the Sydney metropolitan area is divided into nine regions and South East Queensland comprises six regions, […]

Victorian Electricity sales and maximum demands to 2025

Victorian electricity sales and peak demand forecasts to 2025, reports and excel spreadsheets.   TON816-Vic elec sales & peak demand-March 2015-Main report TON816-Vic elec sales & peak demand-March 2015-Summary report NIEIR Victorian Energy and MDs 31032015

The New Knowledge Economy

What is the nature of knowledge economies around the world and how can Australia help grow their own knowledge economy?

Australia’s Climate Change Policy: An Overview

With the termination of carbon pricing in Australia, the Government’s new Direct Action Plan, which will subsidise greenhouse gas abatement, lacks an explicit carbon pricing signal which we regard as essential in the internalisation of greenhouse gas emissions.

Infrastructure: Building Australia

Australian governments– local, state, even federal- are gradually becoming aware of the seriousness of the deficiencies in infrastructure and have tried to raise their investment levels. However, our calculations show that there is scope for them to redouble their efforts.

Nature of Unemployment in Australia

NIEIR modeling indicates that delays by industry to adapt their business models to global and knowledge economy bench marks, and this includes education (and many other sectors), will have serious consequences for the economy. We should all take the opportunities from the knowledge economy very seriously.

The Mining Boom in Context

The current mining boom is but the latest in a series of bursts of resource-related activity in Australia. The current attitude seems to be that the boom should be passively accepted as well-deserved good fortune. However, recent experience indicates otherwise. While unquestionably resource booms bring prosperity to the mining industry, as a side-effect they can easily generate recession in non-mining industries, possibly even to the extent that the overall benefit of the boom is questionable. The possibilities are outlined in the present paper.

The Mineral Resource Boom and the Economy of South West Queensland

As outlined in the State of the Regions report for 2012–2013, the current national resource boom is patchily distributed, with some regions reporting frenetic activity and others depressed as a side-effect of the boom. South West Queensland lies on the margins of the boom: it is not involved in the booming iron ore and coal export industries but parts of it produce petroleum, natural gas and coal seam methane. To ensure that benefits continue, it is necessary to plan for what will happen after the boom has run its course.

Net Benefits of Mining Expansion

The present study examines the net benefits to the Australian economy of a mining boom. In light of the changed circumstances that are likely to prevail over the coming years, extrapolation of past responses to mining expansion into the future suggests that there may be little headline net per capita additional benefit. The resource claims to meet the infrastructure and service demands of the increased population induced by the current episode of mining expansion will be presented in full, creating very difficult political and economic constraints, adding to those from climate change. The situation will be compounded by the national productivity growth tending to remain below historical trend levels. However, the resource expansion could be managed differently, to maximise its net additionality. Such management would include increased harvesting of resource rents and measures to increase the domestic content of mining investment.

Income Tax Zone Rebates

Remote area zone rebates or allowances have been a feature of Australian income tax since 1945 and the social security system since 1984. In 2009, the Henry report on the tax system recommended that they should be reviewed, but no action has been taken.