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Blueprint Institute tackles complex policy problems and maps out a path forward. We start with first principles and combine data, research, and cutting-edge analysis with expert judgement to derive new insights about Australia's policy settings. Our research agenda presents practical measures we can take to build a more modern, resilient, and prosperous Australia, and reforms to keep our country healthy, growing, and productive. 

Our current research spans three key areas: ‘Tax & Fiscal Reform’, ‘Climate & Energy’, and ‘Early Learning’.

All Blueprint Papers

Budget Blueprint

September 28, 2020

Australia is at a critical juncture. The COVID-19 crisis has cut short three decades of uninterrupted economic growth. We must support the economy while demand remains weak, but we must also give targeted support to the most vulnerable. The combination of welcome discretionary actions and automatic stabilisers have ballooned net debt, and...
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Kickstarting the engine - short-term support for Australia's Small Businesses

August 19, 2020

Small businesses are the bedrock of the Australian economy, but they are suffering disproportionally through the COVID-19 crisis. With limited cash reserves and limited access to capital relative to larger businesses, many small businesses have been riding out the times of lockdown and uncertainty by relying on government support, tax holidays (e.g....
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A Blueprint for the National Cabinet

June 09, 2020

The National Cabinet has the potential to solve some of the most intractable challenges facing Australia. The Blueprint Institute commends Prime Minister Morrison and the State Premiers for committing to it for the long term. The Australian people are on the same page as our national leaders and have high hopes for...
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Powering the next boom

October 29, 2020

Australia has committed to full decarbonisation by some point this century. But if we don’t commit soon to rapidly decarbonise, the decision may be forced upon us. Japan, South Korea, the UK, and the EU, among others, have already committed to net-zero by 2050. China has pledged net-zero by 2060. The Biden...
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JobMatcher: Real unemployment insurance

February 16, 2021

Australia doesn’t have true unemployment insurance. Not really. Instead what we have is a fairly meagre form of permanent welfare—not too high to prevent recipients from accepting whatever work they can get, but not high enough to ensure a dignified standard of living. With its universal, flat, and very low rate, our...
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Phasing down gracefully: Halving electricity emissions this decade

December 21, 2020

Net-zero is inevitable, by 2050 or even earlier. To get there, our economy will need to undergo a tremendous structural transformation. The longer we delay, the costlier it will be. Our 2030 emissions target is a critical milestone on the path to net-zero. Relying on the COVID-19 slowdown and uncoordinated state action...
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Igniting the next boom—Tax & Fiscal Reform

Australia's economic prosperity is at the heart of our research agenda. Policy makers should target tax reform, unemployment benefits, innovation, and productivity to ignite the next economic boom.

Kickstarting the engine - short-term support for Australia's Small Businesses

August 19, 2020

Small businesses are the bedrock of the Australian economy, but they are suffering disproportionally through the COVID-19 crisis. With limited cash reserves and limited access to capital relative to larger businesses, many small businesses have been riding out the times of lockdown and uncertainty by relying on government support, tax holidays (e.g....
Read More Download Report

Kickstarting the engine - short-term support for Australia's Small Businesses

August 19, 2020

Small businesses are the bedrock of the Australian economy, but they are suffering disproportionally through the COVID-19 crisis. With limited cash reserves and limited access to capital relative to larger businesses, many small businesses have been riding out the times of lockdown and uncertainty by relying on government support, tax holidays (e.g....
Read More Download Report

JobMatcher: Real unemployment insurance

February 16, 2021

Australia doesn’t have true unemployment insurance. Not really. Instead what we have is a fairly meagre form of permanent welfare—not too high to prevent recipients from accepting whatever work they can get, but not high enough to ensure a dignified standard of living. With its universal, flat, and very low rate, our...
Read More Download Report

JobMatcher: Real unemployment insurance

February 16, 2021

Australia doesn’t have true unemployment insurance. Not really. Instead what we have is a fairly meagre form of permanent welfare—not too high to prevent recipients from accepting whatever work they can get, but not high enough to ensure a dignified standard of living. With its universal, flat, and very low rate, our...
Read More Download Report

Budget Blueprint

September 28, 2020

Australia is at a critical juncture. The COVID-19 crisis has cut short three decades of uninterrupted economic growth. We must support the economy while demand remains weak, but we must also give targeted support to the most vulnerable. The combination of welcome discretionary actions and automatic stabilisers have ballooned net debt, and...
Read More Download Report

Budget Blueprint

September 28, 2020

Australia is at a critical juncture. The COVID-19 crisis has cut short three decades of uninterrupted economic growth. We must support the economy while demand remains weak, but we must also give targeted support to the most vulnerable. The combination of welcome discretionary actions and automatic stabilisers have ballooned net debt, and...
Read More Download Report

Powering the next boom—Climate & Energy

We propose market-based solutions in a bid to depoliticise climate and energy policy. In our 'Powering the next boom' series, we tell an optimistic story about Australia’s future as a renewable energy superpower. We outline and address key challenges the nation will face as the world shifts towards renewables.

Powering the next boom

October 29, 2020

Australia has committed to full decarbonisation by some point this century. But if we don’t commit soon to rapidly decarbonise, the decision may be forced upon us. Japan, South Korea, the UK, and the EU, among others, have already committed to net-zero by 2050. China has pledged net-zero by 2060. The Biden...
Read More Download Report

Powering the next boom

October 29, 2020

Australia has committed to full decarbonisation by some point this century. But if we don’t commit soon to rapidly decarbonise, the decision may be forced upon us. Japan, South Korea, the UK, and the EU, among others, have already committed to net-zero by 2050. China has pledged net-zero by 2060. The Biden...
Read More Download Report

Phasing down gracefully: Halving electricity emissions this decade

December 21, 2020

Net-zero is inevitable, by 2050 or even earlier. To get there, our economy will need to undergo a tremendous structural transformation. The longer we delay, the costlier it will be. Our 2030 emissions target is a critical milestone on the path to net-zero. Relying on the COVID-19 slowdown and uncoordinated state action...
Read More Download Report

Phasing down gracefully: Halving electricity emissions this decade

December 21, 2020

Net-zero is inevitable, by 2050 or even earlier. To get there, our economy will need to undergo a tremendous structural transformation. The longer we delay, the costlier it will be. Our 2030 emissions target is a critical milestone on the path to net-zero. Relying on the COVID-19 slowdown and uncoordinated state action...
Read More Download Report

Nurturing the next boom—Early Learning

Reform is sorely needed. Through our 'Nurturing the next boom' series, we present policy that boosts early childhood development outcomes, tackles parental affordability, and reduces employment disincentives.

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