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Default Dividend: How a default retirement product can help Australians retire with confidenceDefault Dividend: How a default retirement product can help Australians retire with confidence
Superannuation

Default Dividend: How a default retirement product can help Australians retire with confidence

A new study conducted by economics firm Mandala examines the minimum standards for a default retirement income product for Australians in retirement, and how many are likely to use and benefit from such a product. Similar to the accumulation phase, a default product will not be appropriate for everyone. However, as of 2023 there are 1.4 million Australians that are likely to use and benefit from a default retirement product. This could grow by 1.9 million to 3.3 million Australians by 2040. For these Australians, a default product will provide them with a safety net that improves financial outcomes in retirement. This study provides a guiding framework for designing a default retirement income product for Australia’s superannuation system.

26 Feb, 2024

PsiQuantum Launch ResearchPsiQuantum Launch Research
Technology

PsiQuantum Launch Research

With a $940 million investment in PsiQuantum announced, our launch research supports the economic case for building the world’s first fault-tolerant quantum computer in Brisbane, Australia. Our research found this hybrid investment bet will directly support 2,800 high-skilled jobs across the Queensland and the Australian economies and support $5.1 billion of additional economic activity.

30 Apr, 2024

Spirits industry sector competitiveness planSpirits industry sector competitiveness plan
InternationalEconomicsWorkforce

Spirits industry sector competitiveness plan

Our new report, commissioned by the Australian Distillers Association (ADA) and Bundaberg Rum outlines the $1 billion export opportunity for Australia’s spirits industry. While Australia has the right building blocks for developing a strong spirits export industry, it's not reaching its potential. The report identifies the key barriers holding the industry back from as well as the steps which can be taken to realise this $1 billion opportunity. Growing the spirits industry will contribute to national economic priorities of growing manufacturing jobs, supporting small business, empowering regional communities, creating export opportunities, generating tourism and supporting diversity and young people.

10 Apr, 2024

Superannuation and climate change: Better returns for a better climateSuperannuation and climate change: Better returns for a better climate
ClimateSuperannuation

Superannuation and climate change: Better returns for a better climate

Mandala's report, 'Superannuation and climate change: Better returns for a better climate' in partnership with Future Super, examines the economic impact of market failures in superannuation performance standards. It identifies opportunities to unlock long term economic uplift through reform of these standards. Climate change will reallocate capital across the economy. Australia’s $3.4 trillion of superannuation savings will be impacted by this transition and determined by Australia's policy settings. There is significant opportunity for regulatory reform that drives returns and facilitates a broader role for the superannuation industry within the transition to net zero – and more particularly to address the market failures and time inconsistency that emerge from current regulatory design choices. Such reforms would recognise the core responsibilities of superannuation and the economic and policy priorities facing Australia.

3 Apr, 2024

Preparing Australia's workforce for Generative AIPreparing Australia's workforce for Generative AI
WorkforceTechnologyGenerative AIAI

Preparing Australia's workforce for Generative AI

Our new research ‘Preparing Australia’s workforce for Generative AI’ in partnership with LinkedIn, examines the potential influence generative AI could have on Australia’s workforce. Our report finds that generative will transform the workplace for 7.2 million Australians by creating opportunities for productivity gains. The influence of generative AI is expected to vary significantly across industries, with the effect expected to be greatest amongst service-related sectors, which are also large sources of employment in Australia.

21 Mar, 2024

Surf, Shop, SaveSurf, Shop, Save
CompetitionRetailTechnology

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.

28 Feb, 2024

Production Tax Credit for value-add processing of Australia’s critical mineralsProduction Tax Credit for value-add processing of Australia’s critical minerals
Energy transitionNet ZeroClimateData

Production Tax Credit for value-add processing of Australia’s critical minerals

Our report ‘Production Tax Credit for value-add processing of Australia’s critical minerals’, commissioned by the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), explores how targeted production tax credit for value-add processing of critical minerals can improve Australia’s competitiveness and help our domestic critical mineral sectors reach their potential. Our report finds that introducing a production tax credit for lithium, nickel, vanadium and rare earth metals can make Australia cost-competitive and create opportunities in the downstream processing of critical minerals. Australia’s critical minerals are central to the global energy transition, however global competition has put Australia at a cost disadvantage in downstream processing of critical minerals. Introducing a production tax credit of 10 per cent in Australia would help to equalise production costs with global competitors. While the production tax credit will increase fiscal costs over the forward estimates and medium-term, it will add $2.4 billion of economic activity and support 4,220 ongoing jobs.

28 Feb, 2024

Australia's opportunities and challenges in NickelAustralia's opportunities and challenges in Nickel
ClimateEnergy transition

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.

8 Feb, 2024

Climate Risk Index for the Australian energy sector
ClimateEnergy transition

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.

20 Feb, 2024

Impact of generative AI on skills in the workplaceImpact of generative AI on skills in the workplace
Generative AITechnology

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.

20 Feb, 2024

Hyperscale cloud and its benefits to the Australian economyHyperscale cloud and its benefits to the Australian economy
Technology

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.

18 Dec, 2023

Macquarie Business School: Graduate and Employability EquityMacquarie Business School: Graduate and Employability Equity
Workforce

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. 

21 Nov, 2023

Net Zero TransitionsNet Zero Transitions
WorkforceNet Zero

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.

31 Oct, 2023

Technology and the Universities of TomorrowTechnology and the Universities of Tomorrow
Technology

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.

20 Sep, 2023

Competition in clearing and settlementCompetition in clearing and settlement
CompetitionFinancial Services

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.

14 Sep, 2023

EVs: Raising standards, cutting costsEVs: Raising standards, cutting costs
Net ZeroElectric

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.

16 Jun, 2023

AI Human Capital Investment IndexAI Human Capital Investment Index
AITechnology

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.

23 Jul, 2023

Australia's Surgical SurchargeAustralia's Surgical Surcharge
HealthEconomics

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).

16 Jun, 2023

How generative AI will impact tasks, not jobsHow generative AI will impact tasks, not jobs
AITechnology

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.

15 Jun, 2023

Modelling the impact of economic coercionModelling the impact of economic coercion
EconomicsInternational

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.

16 Jun, 2023

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