The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is Australia’s central bank and derives its functions and powers from the Reserve Bank Act 1959. Its duty is to contribute to the stability of the currency, full employment, and the economic prosperity and welfare of the Australian people. It does this by setting the cash rate to meet an agreed medium-term inflation target, working to maintain a strong financial system and efficient payments system, and issuing the nation’s banknotes.
The RBA provides certain banking services as required to the Australian Government and its agencies, and to a number of overseas central banks and official institutions. Additionally, it manages Australia’s gold and foreign exchange reserves.
The ABS is Australia’s national statistical agency, providing trusted official statistics on a wide range of economic, social, population and environmental matters of importance to Australia.
We also have an important leadership role, coordinating statistical activities and collaborating with official bodies in the collection, compilation, analysis and distribution of statistics. This assists in maximising the value of government investment on these activities, and ensures outputs are fit-for-purpose.
By doing these things, we aim to inform decisions on important issues. We expect this will lead to a more informed community; more efficient markets, economic growth and productivity enhancements; better policy development and evaluation; and targeted and more efficient service delivery.
The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities is responsible for the design and implementation of the Australian Government’s infrastructure, transport, regional development, cities and territories policies and programs, to support the Government in achieving a strong economy and thriving communities now and for the future. We work to:
- support economic growth through transport
- make travel safer
- increase transport access
- support regional development and local communities
- provide good governance in the territories
The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science helps encourage economic transformation by promoting investment through innovation, science and research, and helps Australian business grow and be competitive.
The department’s Office of the Chief Economist provides objective, robust and high quality analysis to inform policy development across a range of areas, including industry, innovation and the resources sector.
The Department of Social Services’ mission is to improve the wellbeing of individuals and families in Australian communities.
Our purposes reflect four core areas in which we seek to assist people:
- Social Security – Encourage self-reliance and support people who cannot fully support themselves by providing sustainable social security payments and assistance.
- Families and Communities – Contribute to stronger and more resilient individuals, families and communities by providing targeted services and initiatives.
- Disability and Carers – Improved independence of, and participation by, people with disability, including improved support for carers, by providing targeted support and services.
- Housing – Increased housing supply, improved community housing and assisting individuals experiencing homelessness through targeted support and services.
The Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS) undertakes economic-modelling research for governments and businesses in many parts of the world. Our group, established in 1975, is the creator of some of Australia’s best-known large-scale economic models. Versions of our models have been developed for dozens of countries, including the USAGE model of the United States, and have informed policy-makers at the highest level on a wide range of economic issues. Our current suite of models for Australia includes the national VU model (now with detailed financial modelling), the multistate VURM model, VURMTAX (which incorporates comprehensive state and federal tax modelling), VU-TERM (a multiregional model at the small region level) and VU-CITIES (a multiregional model of individual cities with transport and location choice detail). CoPS’ economic-modelling software, GEMPACK, is licensed to users in over 95 countries.
The University of Melbourne is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious universities. It was founded in the 1853 and commenced teaching its first students in 1855. Economics has been taught at the university since this time. The university is now ranked 37th globally in Economics and Business by the US News and World Report. The Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne is a leading economics department in Australia, with more than 60 academic staff with research and teaching expertise across all fields of economics.
The Department of Economics at Deakin University ranks in the top three in Victoria, the top 10 in Australia and among the top five per cent in the world (RePec). With 34 staff members, our research strengths include political economy, international trade, economic development, econometrics and economic theory. Our research findings are regularly published across leading quality scholarly journals and members of our department have distinguished international reputations. In addition, some of our research has policy impact both nationally and internationally. We provide both undergraduate and postgraduate training in economics including a Doctoral program.
The Swinburne Centre for Transformative Innovation, includes 5 research economists and 5 data scientists, and is part of the Faculty of Business and Law. Our research focusses the empirical analysis of the economics of innovation, productivity, science and the transmission of knowledge. The hallmark of our research is use and analysis of large firm, intellectual property and science databases. We are multi-disciplinary, politically non-aligned, impartial and independent and have an active PhD program.
The Centre aligns with Swinburne’s vision of being Australia’s leading university in science, innovation and technology. We have strong links with other innovation-related groups within the University, so developing cross-disciplinary research collaborations.
Our researchers have a strong record of publications in leading economics, public policy and social science journals, including: The Review of Economics and Statistics, The American Economic Review, RAND Journal of Economics, European Economic Review, Economics Letters, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy, PLoS ONE, Regional Studies, National Tax Journal, British Journal of Sociology, Organization Science, American Journal of Public Health, Oxford Economic Papers, Journal of Economic Surveys, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Journal of Mathematical Psychology, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Health Economic, and Energy Economics
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