World Happiness Report Sept 2013

World Happiness Report – September 2013

The world is now in the midst of a major policy debate about the objectives of public policy. What should be the world’s Sustainable Development Goals for the period 2015-2030? The World Happiness Report 2013 is offered as a contribution to that crucial debate. In July 2011 the UN General Assembly passed a historic resolution. […]

Gender Pay Gap in Australia – WGEA August 2013

This gender pay fact sheet has been compiled primarily from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) average weekly earnings data set, that calculates the average full-time weekly earnings before tax of men and women, excluding factors such as overtime and pay that is salary sacrificed. Where data were unavailable from average weekly earnings (such as […]

ESOPs and Start-ups Discussion Paper – Australia Treasury August 2013

Innovation is vital to Australia if we are to continue to improve our living standards, create new business opportunities and be globally competitive. The development of a strong and innovative economy is essential to creating jobs and improving productivity and competitiveness. A flourishing start-ups sector is an important element of ensuring Australia is a thriving […]

Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity in Australia - BCA July 2013

Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity in Australia – BCA July 2013

Australia’s future can be prosperous but this will depend on maintaining strong economic growth and an environment that supports businesses to do well. The actions, decisions and choices we make now will either support or inhibit Australia’s prospects. Australia has experienced a very successful growth period and we continue to have many intrinsic strengths, but […]

ICT Workforce Study – AWPA July 2013

The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) is developing skills and workforce research on the Professional, Scientific and Technical services industry division. AWPA has identified that the sector is particularly complex and diverse. It includes multiple industry activities and related occupations that do not overlap, and are not especially interrelated in their demand for particular […]

Multifactor Productivity Update PC June 2013

Multifactor PC Productivity Update – June 2013

Australia’s productivity performance has a major influence on real per capita income growth. Productivity growth improves current living standards as well as the nation’s capacity to address future challenges such as our ageing population and global economic shocks. Despite the best efforts of statisticians and economists, the measurement and interpretation of productivity remains a challenge. […]

ICT Audi 2012

Queensland Government Response To ICT Audit

In 2012, an audit of ICT within the Queensland Government was undertaken by the Queensland Government Chief Information Office which aimed to identify the condition and performance of the current state government ICT portfolio. During a six-month period, the audit reviewed five key ICT management areas: strategy and governance ICT-based initiatives procurement assets and services […]

Smart Farming CSIRO June 2013

The Smart Farming: leveraging the impact of broadband and the digital economy report outlines initial research findings from Smart Farming projects, which indicate smart farming productivity benefits. The roll out of Australia’s next generation broadband network and the growing impact of the digital economy through the adoption of smart digital services has the potential to […]

Economic Transformation Through Digital Productivity – Paul Budde May 2013

The world in general, and its institutions and businesses in particular, is facing a significant number of challenges… There will soon be 9 billion people; the environment has problems coping with us; whole business sectors are facing digital disruption; healthcare in western economies could consume 40% of national GDP by 2040; people are more empowered […]

High Performing Workplaces – Guidelines through Case Studies - SKE Boedker April 2013

High Performing Workplaces – Guidelines through Case Studies – SKE Boedker April 2013

The High Performing Workplaces (HPW) Index report released by the Society for Knowledge Economics in October 2011 surveyed 77 Australian organisations and identified key attributes of workplace leadership, culture and management practices that impact on firm productivity and profitability. This and previous studies have suggested that to lift Australian productivity in forthcoming decades, executives, policy […]