Research

Per Capita undertakes research and develops policy recommendations in a number of focus areas, including ageing and longevity, progressive economics, employment and the future of work, social democracy, energy policy, social innovation and trust in democratic institutions. Our overarching focus is fighting inequality in Australia.

Once our ideas are developed, they are subjected to rigorous peer review, and then communicated widely, both in the public domain through mainstream and social media, and through our own extensive network of senior decision makers in government, industry and the public service.

Our track record in developing new policy approaches that have been subsequently adopted by government demonstrates our influence.

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Blueprint for an Ageing Australia

The Blueprint is the report of the Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing. The Advisory Panel was constituted in 2011 with a three-year mandate to produce a comprehensive policy review on the opportunities and challenges associated with an ageing Australia. In November 2013, the funding of the Panel was discontinued, and Per Capita entered into a partnership with four members of the Panel to re-establish the Panel and complete the Blueprint. The Blueprint was published in 2013 and outlines seventeen practical and important policy recommendations across seven policy areas that can make ageing a positive experience for all. The Blueprint is built around the idea that living longer is a good thing, that the rising average age of our population is a vindication of advances in science and health policy, and that the best way to approach it is to look for ways that older Australians can participate more effectively in our society and our economy to the best of their abilities.

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