Social Policy

The Centre for Independent Studies remains at the forefront of social policy debate in Australia, with a focus on key issues such as welfare, health care, education and child protection. Ending the growth of the welfare state is a priority for the CIS social research team, as government spending on welfare continues to increase, seemingly unabated.

Since the 1980s, the CIS has been researching social policy issues, with the aim of promoting policies that emphasise personal responsibility and individual choice.

The CIS seeks a future for Australia that has individual freedom under a limited government. We believe that such a future would strengthen community life, leading to a more cohesive and flourishing civil society.

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Publications

Untangling childcare and family policy
Trisha Jha
05 March 2016

Speech given by CIS Policy Analyst Trisha Jha to the NSW Liberal Party’s Rural and Regional Lunch on Saturday March 5, 2015. Thank you to Tobias and Hollie for inviting me to address you all this afternoon. I’d like to give you a bit of an…

The myths of the generational bargain
Simon Cowan
01 March 2016 | Research Report 10

There has been a marked growth in pension cost and cohort. The percentage of people of retirement age has risen from less than 2% to almost 11% between 1911 and 2011, while the percentage of people receiving the pension has increased from around 30% to…

The myths of the generational bargain
Simon Cowan
01 March 2016 | Research Report 10

There has been a marked growth in pension cost and cohort. The percentage of people of retirement age has risen from less than 2% to almost 11% between 1911 and 2011, while the percentage of people receiving the pension has increased from around 30% to…

Submission to the Parliament of NSW Standing Committee on State Development: Inquiry into economic development in Aboriginal communities
Sara Hudson
12 February 2016 | CIS Submission

In seeking to improve Indigenous economic development outcomes it is important to recognise that high levels of Indigenous disadvantage are not related to Indigeneity but are the result of ineffective policies and lack of opportunity — specifically in relation to education, employment and private enterprise.…

Youth Unemployment in Australia
Patrick Carvalho
22 November 2015 | Research Report 7

This report looks at quantifying the rising youth unemployment problem, understanding its causes and proposing policy solutions. Youth employment has progressively taken a hit after the Global Financial Crisis, practically doubling since mid-2008. At an average rate of 13.5% in the past 12 months, the…

Media & Commentary

MEDIA RELEASE: National Aboriginal Social Survey shows things not as bad as vested interest groups make out
Sara Hudson
28 April 2016

The latest National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey released today indicates most Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are satisfied with their life, with more than half rating…

Humbugging our way to damnation
Theodore Dalrymple
22 April 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

Prominent billboard advertisements for a large and important Australasian bank perfectly illustrate and exemplify the besetting sin of contemporary intellectual and political life: humbug. The advertisements suggest that the bank…

Ahead of the game
Jeremy Sammut
22 April 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

It is serendipitous when a piece of research is ahead of the game — as happened with the new report of the CIS Health Innovations Program. On Monday, Shaun Gath,…

Teach for (some of) Australia
Jennifer Buckingham
22 April 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

Over the past few months, attention has been drawn to low entry standards for teacher education courses in Australian universities. NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has been one of the…

MEDIA RELEASE: New CIS research shows health ‘black hole’ needs shake-up
Jeremy Sammut
20 April 2016

The Turnbull Government must shake up Australia’s black hole health system to get the best value for our health dollars, according to a new report from The Centre for Independent…