The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Australian Economy

The Treasurer’s economic statement of 23 July 2020 highlighted the extreme uncertainty surrounding the macroeconomic outlook globally and nationally, with the course of the economy being profoundly influenced by the course the COVID-19 pandemic might take. Yet we know we are experiencing the deepest national and global recession since the Great Depression.

 Will it be a V-shaped recovery, or U-shaped, L-shaped or possibly W-shaped involving a double dip? As recovery begins, more of those workers who gave up searching for jobs when the COVID-19 lockdowns began will be encouraged to re-enter the labour market, adding to the pool of unemployed. When might unemployment peak?

Australia’s services exports, including inbound university students and tourists and professional services exports such as engineering services, will be hostage to ongoing international travel restrictions. What effect will those restrictions have on national prosperity?

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Australian Economy

Understanding Australia’s Poverty Issues: A Multi-Dimensional Matter

The Forum will touch on what we know about poverty from a macro and micro economic perspective as well as take a look at some of the issues that are linked to addressing matters related to poverty.

Understanding Australia’s Poverty Issues: A Multi-Dimensional Matter


The Banking Royal Commission has been scrutinising the behaviour of banks and other financial institutions. It will make recommendations to the government on reforms to the financial sector. The Melbourne Economic Forum will discuss possible reforms.


The Economic Challenge for the 45th Parliament

The Forum will address the economic policy challenges facing Australia in the aftermath of the federal election.

Medium Term Scenarios for the Australian Economy (Janine Dixon)

Economic Challenges Facing the 45th Parliament (Dr David Gruen)

Tax Reform

Since tax reform remains an ongoing policy issue, this Forum builds on the excellent discussion at the December Forum.

A Cut to Company Tax Will Boost Production But Reduce Incomes (Janine Dixon)

Lower Personal Income Tax Rates (John Freebairn)

Modelling the Impacts of a Cut to Company Tax in Australia (J.M Dixon and J. Nassios)

Thoughts on Federal fiscal arrangements and taxation (Ross Garnaut)