Publications With Insight

Energy Consumers Australia – Bushfire Recovery Insights

The bushfires of 2019-20 were unprecedented in their scale, burning over 10 million hectares and touching the lives of millions of Australians.

We developed the first longitudinal study of how survivors fared during the 12 months immediately after the fires decimated communities in Victoria’s East Gippsland Region.

Our report The Connections that Matter was prepared for Australia’s national energy consumer advocate Energy Consumers Australia. It tracks how the disaster affected the energy experience of households and small businesses, as well as the recovery and rebuild.

Over the course of a year, our research team conducted three rounds of interviews with local people to draw lessons for the energy sector and policy makers.

Our final report ensures the experiences of energy users in Australia’s ‘Black Summer’ are heard and remembered.

Incolink – A cost benefit analysis of on-site vaccinations

The construction industry is critical to Australia’s economy, but it is particularly exposed to COVID-19 because the vast majority of work is completed onsite. 

In 2020, the construction industry worked together to protect workers, families, and the economy from COVID-19—now in 2021, the industry is ready to quickly and safely conduct onsite vaccinations.

Our report prepared for Incolink, Australia’s oldest, largest and most comprehensive workers’ entitlement scheme, shows for the huge cost of lockdowns to the construction industry, as well as the overwhelming case for onsite vaccinations.

Incolink – A cost benefit analysis of on-site vaccinations

The construction industry is critical to Australia’s economy, but it is particularly exposed to COVID-19 because the vast majority of work is completed onsite. 

In 2020, the construction industry worked together to protect workers, families, and the economy from COVID-19—now in 2021, the industry is ready to quickly and safely conduct onsite vaccinations.

Our report prepared for Incolink, Australia’s oldest, largest and most comprehensive workers’ entitlement scheme, shows for the huge cost of lockdowns to the construction industry, as well as the overwhelming case for onsite vaccinations.

The State of the Incarceration Nation

The State of the Incarceration Nation report was prepared for the Justice Reform Initiative, which is a collaboration of some of Australia’s most respected experts on criminal justice, led by two former Governor Generals and including former Attorneys General, Premiers, Ministers and Justices of the High Court of Australia.

The report looks at the dimensions of Australia’s rising prison population, the key drivers of that growth and the communities most affected.

It unearths Australia’s dismal standing against similar nations and the rising cost to the Australian taxpayer.

A Retirement That Never Comes

A Retirement That Never Comes analyses the long-term impact of de-investment in Australia’s superannuation system.

It assesses the cost of delaying Australia’s legislated superannuation increases and forecasts the impact on the retirement prospects of various worker-groups.

A Retirement That Never Comes

A Retirement That Never Comes analyses the long-term impact of de-investment in Australia’s superannuation system.

It assesses the cost of delaying Australia’s legislated superannuation increases and forecasts the impact on the retirement prospects of various worker-groups.

Obesity Collective – State of the Nation

Obesity is one of the greatest health challenges facing Australia, growing at an alarming rate over the past decade despite improving awareness about the health impacts.

The Obesity Collective – an alliance of more than 100 research, corporate and advocacy organisations – came together to rouse action on the issue.

Our report Weighing In: Australia’s growing obesity epidemic outlined the scale of the problem, the impact on the community and the economic cost of inaction.

PENINSULA COMMUNITY LEGAL CENTRE – PRACTICAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO REFORM THE VICTORIAN FINE SYSTEM

The fines system is the most likely way that a Victorian will have contact with the justice system with more than 4.3 million fines issued in 2018-19. Fines play a vital role in providing an incentive to discourage behaviour that negatively affects our community’s safety and wellbeing. 

The benefits of this system also result in challenges: fines are concentrated by postcode and some people are amassing thousands of dollars in fines and penalties that will be unable to be paid leading to an increased engagement with the criminal justice system. This is having a detrimental effect on the individual and the broader community and has a long-lasting effect especially on vulnerable people. An initial toll road fee can be as low as $2 which can turn into $382.82 in penalties. 

Accessible pathways, practical reforms, and alternatives to deeper engagement with the criminal justice system are discussed in this paper which has been submitted to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Criminal Justice System. 

PENINSULA COMMUNITY LEGAL CENTRE – PRACTICAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO REFORM THE VICTORIAN FINE SYSTEM

The fines system is the most likely way that a Victorian will have contact with the justice system with more than 4.3 million fines issued in 2018-19. Fines play a vital role in providing an incentive to discourage behaviour that negatively affects our community’s safety and wellbeing. 

The benefits of this system also result in challenges: fines are concentrated by postcode and some people are amassing thousands of dollars in fines and penalties that will be unable to be paid leading to an increased engagement with the criminal justice system. This is having a detrimental effect on the individual and the broader community and has a long-lasting effect especially on vulnerable people. An initial toll road fee can be as low as $2 which can turn into $382.82 in penalties. 

Accessible pathways, practical reforms, and alternatives to deeper engagement with the criminal justice system are discussed in this paper which has been submitted to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Criminal Justice System. 

Feeling the Pinch: How Low Wage Growth and Rising Prices are Impacting Private Sector Clerical and Administrative Workers

The first half of 2022 saw Australia’s first interest rate rise in more than a decade, alongside dramatic increases to the cost of groceries and fuel. Australian workers grappled with the biggest gap between income growth and inflation in decades.

Feeling the Pinch, prepared for the Australian Services Union, reports on a survey of clerical and administrative workers – a feminized and often undervalued workforce ­ – to understand how they are faring under these conditions.

Overall, the survey data reveals that these workers feel significantly impacted by wage and cost of living pressures. Very few feel they are living comfortably on their current income. Many are worried about the affordability of basics like food, fuel and healthcare and are reluctant to spend limited income on leisure and entertainment.

We also found that clerical wages are being further eroded by unpaid overtime and increased household costs associated with working from home.