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Surf, Shop, Save
Our new report ‘Surf, Shop, Save’, commissioned by Amazon, explores how online channels have helped to lower the cost of living in Australia. Our report finds that online channels have helped reduce the cost of living pressures for Australians through cost-efficiency and competition effects. Since 2019, prices for online channels have been deflationary, while CPI has grown. When compared to each other, CPI has grown 10.5 percentage points more than prices for online channels for comparable categories of goods. During this time, online channels have also placed downward pressure on prices quoted by offline channels, helping reduce inflation by 0.7 percentage points during its peak in 2022. These effects saved Australian households nearly $3,500 on average since 2019.
Australia's Opportunities and Challenges in Nickel
Our new report ‘A Critical Juncture’, commissioned by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia, explores Australia's opportunities and challenges in nickel. Our report finds we have inherent advantages as Australia is well placed to capture growing opportunities in nickel with a 9% annual growth forecast. Australia holds 18% of global reserves, which we can refine with significantly less emissions than our competitors. However, growing supply from cheaper Indonesian nickel producers that are more cost-competitive has led to lower prices, which has already seen the closure of a third of Australia’s nickel production. This puts approximately 10,000 jobs, $1.8 billion of economic activity, and Australia’s future battery industry at risk.
Climate Risk Index for the Australian energy sector
Mandala Partners (Mandala) in conjunction with Zurich Financial Services Australia (Zurich) has produced Australia’s first Climate Risk Index for the national energy generation sector. This report highlights the growing risk of climate change to the grid, how that risk is spread across the grid, and high-level options for mitigating those risks. More than 25% of Australia’s power generation assets are in the three highest categories for climate change risk.
Impact of generative AI on skills in the workplace
Research by Mandala Partners in partnership with the Future Skills Organisation examines the impact of generative AI on finance, technology and business occupations, and the ramifications this will have on the training system in Australia. Industry estimates of the impact of generative AI in Australia range from between $45 billion to $115 billion by 2030. With Australia projected to have a 370,000 digital worker shortfall by 2026, according to the Growing Australia’s Digital Workforce report, these findings will be crucial in considering how to tailor the training system to meet demand.
Hyperscale cloud and its benefits to the Australian economy
New research by economics firm Mandala shows that adoption of hyperscale cloud technology unlocks $6.3 billion every year in benefits for Australian businesses and the economy. Hyperscale cloud also directly creates over 8,000 jobs for people working in diverse roles from tech trades peoples to ICT professionals across Australian data centres. This research is the first time the economic effect of the unique capabilities offered by hyperscale cloud have been quantified.
Macquarie Business School: Graduate and Employability Equity
Traditional university ranking systems perform an important function, but could be made more powerful by using the wealth of data that now exists on outcomes. This research using innovative data sets for the first time in Australia offers evidence of how some institutions are improving equity outcomes for people from diverse backgrounds.
Net Zero Transitions
The global energy transition will fundamentally change the composition of the Australian economy. This change will be felt sharply in coal mining. Government forecasts predict that Australia’s coal exports will fall by 50-80% in volume over the next two decades. Our research looks at transition outcomes for workers, and how governments can take a tailored approach to responding.
Technology and the Universities of Tomorrow
In partnership with the Coalition for Digital Learners, Mandala explored the role of technology in higher education. We conducted a student-centric survey alongside economic modeling of how Australian universities can leverage technology to deliver better teaching, better student outcomes, and a stronger economy.
Competition in clearing and settlement
Mandala's latest research explores 'From Laggard to Leader: Why the capabilities that power Australia’s Clearing & Settlement services are falling behind global leaders, and how we can get back to the front of the pack'. Read on to find out more.
EVs: Raising standards, cutting costs
In a new report for the Electric Vehicle Council, Mandala unpacks how an effective new vehicle efficiency standard can reduce vehicle emissions and save consumers money. Our analysis found that a well-designed NVES could deliver up to $13.6 billion in savings for Australians over the next decade, and also avoid up to 31 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
AI Human Capital Investment Index
Mandala's new AI Human Capital Investment Index measures how companies are investing in hiring workers with AI-related skills.
Australia's Surgical Surcharge
Mandala's report commissioned by Private Healthcare Australia unpacks how Australians are paying too much for medical devices through the Prescribed List of Medical Devices (PL).
How generative AI will impact tasks, not jobs
What will be the impact of generative AI on Australian jobs? We look at the 10 occupations most affected by large language models such as ChatGPT, Bing or Bard and find that it is tasks, not jobs that will be replaced.
Modelling the impact of economic coercion
Mandala conducted research in conjunction with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute on the impact of economic coercion on the Australian economy.