Policy Evaluation

BCEC plays an active role in policy forecasting and evaluation. A range of applied economic methods are used to evaluate the content, implementation and impact of current and proposed policies across Australia. Evaluation findings can highlight ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ in the population under proposed and existing policy reforms, as well as the overall budgetary implications of proposed reforms at both Federal and State levels.

The findings from the Centre’s evaluations are intended to inform decision-making by policymakers in regard to the benefits and trade-offs of proposed policy changes. Examples of evaluations on current and proposed programs that the Centre’s researchers have conducted include the NSW government’s ‘Keep Them Safe’ child protection initiative, the national Headspace program providing early intervention mental health services to young people, and a range of housing-related policies and programs such as changes to the First Home Owner’s Grant, stamp duty and land tax provisions, and public housing rent-setting rules.

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