In 2013, CEDA's research publications focused on women in leadership, healthcare, Australia's public policy directions and optimising national prosperity to remain globally competitive. 

Australia Adjusting: Optimising national prosperity


November 2013 

CEDA's major research report for 2013, Australia Adjusting: Optimising national prosperity, explored how Australia can remain competitive into the future. It calls for the establishment of a National Productivity Policy as well as reforms to the taxation system, the Federation, industrial relations policies and education. 

Contributors include:

  • Professor Sinclair Davidson, Professor Institutional Economics, RMIT University;
  • Vivienne King, Managing Director, KDR Gold Coast;
  • Phil Ruthven, Founder and Chairman, IBISWorld;
  • Professor Graeme Samuel AC, Vice Chancellor's Professorial Fellow, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University; and 
  • Professor Beth Webster, Director, Intellectual Property Institute of Australia (IPRIA) and Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne.   

Setting Public Policy


August 2013

CEDA's publication, Setting Public Policy, sets out a practical approach for making meaningful change in public policy. CEDA used its unique relationship with politicians, advocates and policy advisors to draw together practical and personal experience on successful economic reform in Australia.

Setting Public Policy includes excerpts from interviews with:

Women in Leadership: Understanding the gender gap

June 2013

CEDA's publication, Women in Leadership: Understanding the gender gap, explores a broad range of gender diversity issues including barriers to career progression, the gender pay and participation gap, tax incentives and childcare, workplace diversity, and hidden cultural and unconscious barriers. It makes recommendations on enabling workplace meritocracies, changing workplace culture and engaging leaders and introducing accountability.

Contributors include:

  • Catherine Fox, Author and Journalist;
  • Dr Hannah Piterman, Director of HPCG and Co-Founder, Gender Worx;
  • Holly Ransom, Chair, 2014 G20 Youth Summit;
  • Dr Jennifer Whelan, Director and Founder, Psynapse Psychometrics; and
  • Professor Peter Whiteford, Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University.

Healthcare: Reform or ration

April 2013

CEDA's publication, Healthcare: Reform or ration, explores Australia's biotechnology industry, the skills required to enable healthcare innovation and the fiscal challenges Australia's healthcare system faces. It also provides recommendations for improving the pricing of generic drugs in Australia, potentially saving billions in healthcare spending by government. 

Contributors include:

  • Professor Ian Chubb, Australia's Chief Scientist;
  • Professor Phillip Clarke, Professor of Health Economics, Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics, Melbourne School of Population, Health, University of Melbourne;   
  • Dr Vince FitzGerald, Senior Research Fellow, CEDA;   
  • Dr Anna Lavelle, Chief Executive Officer, AusBiotech; and  
  • Professor Just Stoelwinder, Professor and Chair of Health Services Management, Monash University.

Reinventing the Regions


March 2013

CEDA, together with Regional Development Victoria, released Reinventing the Regions, a report that documents the findings from the series of events held in 2011-12 across Victoria. This report provides an overview of the changes taking place in five of Victoria's regional economies, key policy and economic themes that emerged from discussions throughout the series of events, case studies from regional businesses and five individual event summaries.