1. Securing Australia’s Future – Australia’s Comparative Advantage

The opportunities and challenges of an economy in transition are a key issue for Australia as it faces a rapidly changing global environment. This multidisciplinary research program will identify Australia’s unique strengths and comparative advantages; establish which contexts and policy settings encourage creativity, adaptability and innovation; and explore the natural, social, geographical, economic, cultural and scientific attributes and capabilities needed to thrive as a nation.


Final Report

Australia's Comparative Advantage, launched by Professor John Hewson AM at University House, Canberra on Monday 16 November 2015, is now available:


Expert Working Group

Professor Glenn Withers AO, FASSA (Chair)

Peter Laver AM, FTSE, HonFIEAust, FAusIMM (Deputy)

Professor Graham Farquhar AO, FAA, FRS

Professor Chris Gibson 

Associate Professor Sally Gras

Professor Joseph Lo Bianco AM,FAHA

Professor Rodney Maddock

Dr John Prescott AC, FTSE


Project Manager

Sunita Kumar Publications and Communications Manager, The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

Project services provided by ASSA on behalf of ACOLA.