Country focus: Australia

Welcome to the Public Centre Research Centre - Australia. This section features insightful research from Australia and similar countries on the issues and the challenges faced by public sector and government officials while providing a roadmap of the future of government. To view global publications, please choose the option "all publications" in the menu to the left.


Fighting Fraud in the Public Sector III

Our latest report provides an overview of the incidences of fraud and corruption in the public sector globally, as well as in the wider Australian economy.

Benchmarking of Commonwealth and State Government corporate services 2014

The 2014 benchmarking study of Commonwealth and State Government corporate services provides insights from a broad range of government entities of different sizes.

Putting a value on early childhood education and care

PwC has undertaken economy-wide modelling to help meet the need for an Australian evidence base around the value of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Deregulation of Fees: Pricing our higher education

The proposed changes included in the recent Commonwealth budget are likely to have significant impacts on the post-secondary education sector in Australia.

Australia’s Education System: Good but must do better

While many aspects of the Australian Education System are strong, some measures do not consistently indicate optimum performance.

Understanding Productivity: Government Benchmarking on Corporate Services 2014

Our government practice is undertaking its second annual benchmarking study on corporate services in the public sector.

Improving public sector productivity through prioritisation, measurement and alignment

This paper from PwC’s Public Sector Research Centre paper explores the drivers and experience of Australia’s public sector productivity initiatives to date and argues that, despite the challenges of the past, productivity is relevant in the public sector context.

Understanding Productivity: Federal Government Benchmarking on Corporate Services

This paper from PwC’s Public Sector Research Centre paper is their first annual benchmarking report on corporate services in Australia’s Commonwealth public sector, with insights from 25 government organisations.

Protecting prosperity - Why we need to talk about tax

Launched in July 2013, this publication from PwC's Public Sector Research Centre looks at the long term future of Australia’s economy and the need for comprehensive tax reform.

Beyond attraction and retention: Indigenous career advancement in the public sector

In 2012, the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria) engaged PwC to undertake a research project examining the links between professional development and career advancement for Indigenous people in the Victorian public sector. The purpose of the project was to generate recommendations for IPAA (Victoria), and its member organisations aimed at increasing Indigenous employment and career advancement in the sector.

Fighting Fraud in the Public Sector II

PwC has released Fighting Fraud in the Public Sector II, based on the Australian results of its 6th Global Economic Crime Survey.

Transforming the citizen experience, One Stop Shop for public services

Reforms in the public sector which are aimed at improving service delivery have received considerable focus over the last decade.

Investing in a better life, a stronger Australia

People with disability are the largest minority in Australia – about one in five Australians has a disability. They are also one of the most disadvantaged groups, with sub-standard outcomes on most indicators of community participation and wellbeing. The Productivity Commission reported that the current disability support system is “underfunded, unfair, fragmented and inefficient...”. The imperative for changing the disability experience in Australia is clear. The time to act is now.

Improving your commute : Lifting customer service in public transport

Public transport makes a crucial contribution to liveable cities providing access to employment, education, recreation and community services, as well as contributing to social equity and relieving traffic congestion.

Funding Infrastructure: Time for a new approach?

There is no doubt that Australia needs to invest in Infrastructure. Solid levels of population growth, the resources boom and the change in demographic means that the demand for new Infrastructure will continue for sometime to come. PPPs are considered by some not to be the solution of the future. In this paper we explore alternatives to the PPP model using a revenue based approach.