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The productivity agenda. Co-chairs: Warwick Smith Julia Gillard Lead facilitator: Tony Mackay Public submissions: 923. Summary of Stream Discussion. Maximising wealth, excellence and equity by driving up productivity to the leading edge of developed countries

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The productivity agenda

The productivity agenda

Co-chairs: Warwick Smith

Julia Gillard

Lead facilitator: Tony Mackay

Public submissions: 923


Summary of stream discussion
Summary of Stream Discussion

  • Maximising wealth, excellence and equity by driving up productivity to the leading edge of developed countries

  • Focusing on human capital through early childhood development, world-class education, skills formation and innovation

  • We’ll know we’re there when all Australians realise their potential

Ambition

and

Goals

Priority

Themes

Material resources are finite but intellectual capital is unlimited so we need to:

  • Equip allAustralians through an education and training system that leads the world in excellence and inclusion

  • Deploy Australia’s human capital efficiently and fairly including by overcoming barriers that lock individuals and communities out of real opportunities

  • Connect through collaborations in education, business and innovation

Top Ideas

  • Parents’ and Children’s Centres: Integrated services for children’s health, development, learning and care

  • Community Corps: Allow community service to reduce a person’s HECS-HELP debt

  • Learning for life account: Develop lifetime participation accounts for every Australian

  • 2020 Scholarships: Merit-based scholarships in skills shortage areas

  • Business – school connections: Australia’s top companies, local businesses, universities and vocational institutions partner with schools

  • Golden Guru: Retired people as mentors in the workplace

  • One Curriculum: Create one national curriculum with freed up funds going to children in schools


Options for the future of indigenous australia

Options for the future ofIndigenous Australia

Co-chairs: Jackie Huggins

Jenny Macklin

Lead facilitator: Lynette Glendinning

Public submissions: 698


Summary of stream discussion1
Summary of Stream Discussion

  • Based on national dialogue, formal legal recognition

  • Able, productive, confident families and youth

  • Parity with other Australians

Ambition

and

Goals

Priority

Themes

  • New bipartisan dialogue + recognition

  • New independent accountability and service delivery arrangements for Govt

  • Focus on children and their families

Top Ideas

  • New education framework, enabling choice

  • Future Fund to build capacity and capital works

  • Economic Development Strategy

  • Value and use Aboriginal and Torres Strait knowledge - Centres, global identity, digital liberation

  • Change lexicon of public discourse + public education


More top ideas
More Top Ideas

Health and Education

  • Individual learning and health compacts (case management)

  • Boarding schools, hostels/ options within communities to expand ed. choice

  • Aboriginal Healing Fund to build capacity

  • Importance of tackling alcohol and drugs

  • Early intervention /prevention for early childhood

    Economic development

  • Importance of jobs

  • National review of Indigenous business + survey

  • Better CW-State co-ordination of services; Tax Concessions; Entrepreneurial Fund; Indigenous Business Alliance Clusters; corporate partnerships; performance targets and KPIs in Govt contracts

  • Closing gap Annual Report to include business ownership target


Low cost ideas
Low Cost Ideas

  • Support the UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

  • Sister school arrangements

  • Importance of symbols – ANZAC Day, Aboriginal place names, public art work

  • Indigenous targets in Govt contracts

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation in national and corporate governance


The future of the australian economy

The future of theAustralian economy

Co-chairs: David Morgan

Wayne Swan

Lead facilitator: Adam Lewis

Public submissions: 1079


Ambitions and goals
Ambitions and Goals

  • To make Australia the best place in the world to live and work

    • With strong and stable economic growth and employment (top 5 GDP/capita), low inflation

  • This will require urgent action to increase economic capacity through the creation of a truly national, efficient, sustainable, innovative and inclusive economy supported by seamless regulation


Priority themes
Priority Themes

  • Federalism - a more efficient truly national economy with a substantial change to Federal model

  • Taxation – holistic review for fairness simplicity and efficiency

  • Infrastructure - enabling productive investment in priorities via efficient regulation

  • Regulation - to encourage investment and improve efficiency

  • Public sector - high-quality open and transparent with public debate

  • Talent – unleashing and investing in talent


Top ideas
Top Ideas

  • Create independent Federation Commission to drive fundamental and sustainable improvements to Federalism

  • Conduct a comprehensive tax review to consider measures to simplify taxes, harmonise and ensure a progressive system as intended

  • Regulation reform to reduce regulation overlaps and complexity and to incentivise timely investment in infrastructure

  • Create national infrastructure priorities (and priority-setting body)

  • Re-establishing annual budgets as the primary priority-setting mechanism for Government policies

  • Develop fluid career paths between public/private/other sector to improve the quality of public sector

  • National Education and qualification accreditation system and increased education funding

  • Reform discrimination laws/support/ accountabilities to remove all barriers to participation


A long term national health strategy

A long-term nationalhealth strategy

Co-chairs: Michael Good

Nicola Roxon

Lead facilitator: Larry Kamener

Public submissions: 1104


Ambitions and goals1
Ambitions and Goals

Ambition

and

Goals

  • Close the gap and be “the Healthy Country” for all

  • Have a health system structured around the person rather than the provider

  • Have a system more focused on prevention

  • Be a world-leader in research and translation (including technology)

  • “One Health System”


Eight big ideas
Eight Big Ideas

  • Create a Health Equalities Commission

  • Create a national preventative health agency (akin to “VicHealth”)

  • Set-up a regional health partnership (akin to an “ASEAN” model)

  • Ensure evidence-based allocation of resources

  • Make healthy food choices easy

  • Complete rethink of the shape of the health workforce

  • Promote better translation of Australia’s research efforts into commercial and health outcomes

  • Create a “Healthbook” web-based personal health record (like a Facebook)


Out of the box ideas
Out-of-the-box ideas

  • A “Wellness Footprint”

  • First Aid training for all Australian kids delivered by volunteers

  • Opt-out system for organ donation

  • Health Impact Statements

  • Half-an-hour physical activity built into sedentary jobs


Australia s future security and prosperity

Australia’s future securityand prosperity

Co-chairs: Michael Wesley

Stephen Smith

Lead facilitator: Siobhan McKenna

Public submissions: 625


Summary of stream discussion2
Summary of Stream Discussion

  • An effective global citizen

  • A deeper engagement with Asia and the Pacific

  • Making languages and cultures of our region familiar to all Australians

Ambition

and

Goals

Priority

Themes

  • Develop Australia’s literacy in our region’s languages and cultures

  • Closer Economic and Political Integration with the Pacific

  • Closer engagement with major economies: US, Japan, China, India

  • Promote the central importance of global governance

  • Respond to a broader view of emerging security challenges

  • A comprehensive national strategic plan for Asian literacy in Australia, to enhance our engagement in trade, security and people to people exchanges

  • Labour Mobility: A rights-based labour mobility program for the Pacific.

  • Establish a regional energy security forum including all four majors and Australia

  • A high level advisory council to advise on our response to emerging security challenges such as pandemics, energy security, transnational crime, people trafficking and climate change

Top Ideas


A deeper engagement with the pacific
A deeper engagement with the Pacific


Population sustainability climate change water

Population, sustainability,climate change, water

Co-chairs: Roger Beale

Penny Wong

Lead facilitator: Jennifer Westacott

Public submissions: 1335


Summary of stream discussion3
Summary of Stream Discussion

  • Respond to the unprecedented challenge of climate change.

  • Taking the brief opportunity to act now to safeguard and shape our future prosperity.

  • By 2020

  • Australia will be the world’s leading green and sustainable economy.

  • We will be on track to decrease our ecological footprint while continuing to grow our economy and improve our quality of life.

  • We will have harnessed the potential of our natural assets and human resources to turn the challenge of climate change to our advantage.

  • We will be making a major contribution to a comprehensive global response.

  • We will have dramatically reduced our emissions and engaged the community and business to adapt to the unavoidable consequences of climate change.

  • Environmental considerations will be fully integrated into decision making at all levels.

  • We will have reduced our dependency on climate sensitive water resources in towns and cities.

Ambition

and

Goals


Priority themes1
Priority themes

  • An integrated, whole-of-government approach underpinned by clear targets and measurement with independent reporting.

  • Strong national leadership.

  • Stakeholder engagement, capacity building and the importance of changing incentives.

  • Education and behavioural change.

  • Involving indigenous people in policy development and implementation.


Top ideas1
Top ideas

  • A National Sustainability, Population and Climate Change Agenda.

    • A whole-of-government approach to climate change and sustainability policy, encompassing government expenditure, taxation, regulation and investment.

    • Audit on governments’ performance.

  • Further investment directed into research and development, and deployment to enable a low emissions energy revolution.

  • A set of national environmental accounts, including carbon and water accounts, linked with the current national economic accounts.

  • A National Sustainable Cities Program for a nationally consistent approach to urban and regional planning, driving water efficiency and reductions in emissions.

    • Supported by tax and other policies that encourage the use of public transport relative to other modes of transport.

  • Transform the ecological footprint of the built environment with national planning, building and product standards to reduce water and energy consumption in our homes and in our neighbourhoods.

    • Support for low-income households and consider housing affordability implications.

    • Carbon neutrality for all new buildings constructed beyond 2020.

  • Before 2020, all Australians could have the tools to enable them to measure and manage their personal carbon footprint.

    • Access to smart meters for energy and water consumption.

  • A National Indigenous Knowledge Centre to be established and maintained by indigenous people.

  • Australia will have a population policy, and immigration program that works in the national interest.

  • Expand the use of a wider range of market mechanisms to acquire water entitlements from over-allocated systems.

  • The ETS and the long-run carbon price must drive a transition to clean energy technologies.


The future of australian governance

The future of Australian governance

Co-chairs: John Hartigan

Maxine McKew

Lead facilitator: Tim Orton

Public submissions: 784


Summary of stream discussion4
Summary of Stream Discussion

Five big ideas

  • An Australian Republic

  • Collaborative governance – revolutionise the way government and communities interact

  • Modern Australian federation – reinvigorate the federation

  • Bill or Charter of rights for all Australians, including Indigenous Australians

  • Open and accountable government


Summary of stream discussion5
Summary of Stream Discussion

Three Concrete policy proposals

  • Preamble in Constitution to recognise first peoples’ custodianship

  • Automatic enrolment (low cost)

  • National Cooperation Commission (low cost)


Strengthening communities supporting families and social inclusion

Strengthening communities,supporting families andsocial inclusion

Co-chairs: Tim Costello

Tanya Plibersek

Lead facilitator: Hal Bisset

Public submissions: 1159


Summary of Stream Discussion

  • By 2020, Australia is known throughout the world for its diverse, compassionate, fair and respectful society.

  • By 2020, every Australian

    • is valued by, and participating in, society

    • has meaningful access to education, work, health, housing, justice, care and life opportunities

    • has a safe, healthy and supported childhood that allows them to fulfil their potential

      By 2020, Australian society

    • embraces and celebrates indigenous people

    • focuses on long-term prevention and is experiencing the benefits of a return on social investment

    • regards social inclusion as equal and integral to a buoyant economy and a healthy environment

Ambition

and

Goals


Summary of Stream Discussion

Priority

Themes

  • Making social inclusion a national priority

  • Creating a common understanding about the society that we want and value

  • Establishing a new framework for leadership and governance to achieve social inclusion

  • Building and strengthening local communities

  • Supporting and empowering families

  • Reducing disadvantage and poverty


Summary of Stream Discussion

Top Ideas

BIG IDEA

  • Human Rights Charter and a National Action Plan for Social Inclusion

  • A National Development Index that measures progress against social inclusion

    BIG POLICY IDEAS

  • Early intervention and prevention

  • National Coordinating Body for the community sector to create a new way of working with government at all levels

    COST NEUTRAL IDEAS

  • Microfinance Foundation to support disadvantaged groups in the establishment of their own business

  • Establishment of the Housing Foundation to fund responses homelessness.

  • Reforming the way government funds community organisations to ensure their viability

  • Volumetric taxing of alcohol with revenue to be used for services

  • National Disability Insurance Scheme.

  • National statement by the PM on creating a non-violent society.


Future directions for rural industries and rural communities

Future directions forrural industries andrural communities

Co-chairs: Tim Fischer

Tony Burke

Lead facilitator: Graeme Simsion

Public submissions: 611




The big idea
THE BIG IDEA

  • Nationwide harmonisation and standardisation

  • Nationwide harmonisation and standardisation is urgent.

    • This should include uniform regulation, licensing, standards and enforcement for transport (both road and rail) and agriculture. State regulatory reforms would be encouraged through federal government incentives and penalties linked to the rate of progressive reform.

    • Future infrastructure investment decisions should be approached from a national perspective.


Priority themes2
Priority themes

  • The challenges posed by climate change with particular emphasis on its impacts on the food, fibre and forestry value chains

  • Nationwide harmonisation of regulation, standards and enforcement

  • Development of appropriate incentive schemes to promote environmentally sustainable behaviour and strategies

  • Attraction, recruitment and retention of people, families and business to remote, rural and regional communities

  • Broad parity of access to infrastructure and services for remote, rural and regional Australia


Towards a creative australia

Towards acreative Australia

Co-chairs: Cate Blanchett

Julianne Schultz

Peter Garrett

Lead facilitator: Andy Schollum

Public submissions: 464


Summary of stream discussion6
Summary of Stream Discussion

  • Creativity is central to sustaining and defining the nation, fuelling the imaginations of citizens, nurturing our children and nourishing healthy communities. Indigenous culture is central to this. Creativity is broader than the arts, but the arts are central to creativity

  • We will aim to double cultural output by 2020. To achieve this there is a need to implement policies that will produce a sustainable creative sector and support artists, build educational capacity, integrate Indigenous and settler perspectives and recognise the centrality of the arts and creativity to the whole economy.

  • This will result in increased personal capacity and confidence of all citizens, including artists, a stronger economy and greater international understanding of Australia as a mature, creative, innovative society.

Ambition

and

Goals

  • Link the creative arts and education

  • Generating new investment models (private and public)

  • Creativity in the new economy central to innovation

  • Distribution of creative content via broadcasting and broadband networks, and major institutions

  • Indigenous core and centrality of arts

Priority

Themes

  • Bring art into our schools by introducing ‘practitioners in residence’ via a national mentoring plan funded by philanthropic funds and tax incentives

  • Mandate creative, visual and performing arts subjects in national curricula with appropriate reporting requirements for schools. Explore new opportunities for extension and development such as Creativity Summer Schools, pre-service and in-service training for teachers

  • Digitise the collections of major national institutions by 2020

  • Make creativity a national research priority with funding access to R&D, ARC and similar funding

  • Create a National Endowment Fund for the Arts – incorporating public endowment and private philanthropy (including patronage), and provide a wide range of support including loans and grants; a review of philanthropy and tax incentives to support organisations and individual artists and expand the scope of Prescribed Private Funds

  • Fund creative endeavours through a 1% creative dividend from all Government Departments for expenditure on arts (including design, performance, installation )

  • Develop mechanisms to reward success

  • Federal responsibility for public liability obligations for arts organisations

  • Creativity is central to Australian life and Indigenous culture is the core to this. To measure, document and leverage the strengths of this culture, to articulate our role and improve protection of indigenous culture, language and heritage through a National Indigenous Cultural Authority.

  • A whole of government approach to the arts, culture, design and the creative economy across all sectors, including improved resourcing, linkages and access by using broadband connections and including building connections between sports and arts

  • Facilitation of artists in residence across all industries and institutions to engage in story telling, sense making and capacity building

  • Develop a national cultural and design strategy and policy

Top Ideas




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