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

The Fantasy of Gonski Funding: The ongoing battle over school spending
Blaise Joseph
30 April 2017 | RR26

The Gonski Report has not been implemented – there is no such thing as ‘Gonski funding.’  The current school funding benchmark is unreasonably high. There were several fundamental issues with the Gonski Report to begin with. There are viable alternative school funding options which should…

Reforming Social Housing: financing and tenant autonomy
Michael Potter
27 April 2017 | RR25

Around 400,000 Australians live in social housing, which includes public and community housing. This sector is ripe for reform, with many public housing dwellings failing adequacy standards, numerous tenants are dissatisfied and live in housing that is too small or too large for their needs.…

Real Choice for Ageing Australians: Achieving the Benefits of the Consumer-Directed Aged Care Reforms in the New Economy
Jeremy Sammut
09 April 2017 | RR24

The consumer-directed aged care (CDC) reforms are an important opportunity to showcase the benefits of market-based reforms to often sceptical and change-averse members of the public. Given the broader implications, this report warns that the CDC reforms could fall short of their promise and fail to…

Ending the Violence in Indigenous Communities
Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, Marcia Langton, Josephine Cashman
05 December 2016 | OP152

Urgent action is need to address the epidemic of violence in Indigenous communities. Aboriginal women are between 37 and 80 times more likely to experience family violence than non-Indigenous women. For too long, the voices of the victims of domestic violence have been oppressed and…

MEDI-VATION: ‘Health Innovation Communities’ for Medicare Payment and Service Reform
Jeremy Sammut, Gerald Thomas, Peta Seaton
02 November 2016 | RR21

Health Innovation Communities (HICs) would essentially constitute an Australian ‘Silicon Valley’ for health – hubs for research and development within which the proverbial 1000 flowers will bloom as a plurality of different providers create novel health products and solutions. The good examples and real world…

Media & Commentary

Penalties make hospitals accountable
Jessica Borbasi
28 April 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

Sooner or later the medical profession is going to have to realise that health funders are serious about no longer simply paying for medical ‘inputs’ but are serious about paying…

Low expectations unhealthy
Sara Hudson
19 April 2017 | Koori Mail

Ten years have passed since the federal government launched the Closing the Gap campaign.  But despite spending billions of taxpayer dollars, the relative life expectancy of Indigenous Australians hasn’t improved…

Royal Commission or another inquisitorial farce?
Heidi Kiekebosch-Fitt
13 April 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

The Royal Commission into Youth Detention and Child Protection’s interim report proves that, despite 26 years passing since the Aboriginal Deaths in Custody commission’s 339 recommendations – and countless other…

More aged care reform needed
Jeremy Sammut
13 April 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

The populism dominating federal politics is in part a product of voter scepticism about economic reform. The challenge for advocates of market-based policies is to convince the community about the…

Justice targets won’t help Indigenous incarceration rates
Sara Hudson
07 April 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

Pressure is mounting for the Prime Minister to introduce Indigenous justice targets. But having targets for other social indicators hasn’t helped improve them. Ten years have passed since the Closing…