The Melbourne Institute’s research provides a nuanced understanding of the complex social and economic issues affecting contemporary Australia. We focus on interconnected concerns related to equity in economic and social wellbeing. By evaluating and informing the design of efficient and appropriate policies, we work to reduce socio-economic disadvantage and promote economic independence for more Australians.
Data and Analytics
Our expert data analysts and scientists provide a range of data-related services equipping researchers – both within the Institute and in government, academia and industry – with the evidence required for informed decision-making.
Disadvantage and Wellbeing in the Asia-Pacific
Melbourne Institute researchers are examining the complex issues arising from disadvantage in Australia’s surrounding regions to contribute to policy development aimed at improving citizens’ wellbeing.
Education and Child Development
The Melbourne Institute provides crucial intelligence to government policymakers and the education sector, helping to improve Australians’ educational outcomes and support positive life trajectories.
Families and Households
We have investigated the issues affecting Australian families for nearly two decades. Our work helps to reduce inequality and equip families to make positive decisions for their long-term prosperity.
Health and Healthcare
Our research provides vital insights into the funding and organisation of Australia’s healthcare system, the factors influencing individuals’ health and the issues surrounding equity and quality in healthcare provision.
HILDA Survey Design
The Melbourne Institute has championed best-practice longitudinal survey methods and enabled researchers to produce powerful insights into Australian life via the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey for more than two decades.
Income and Economic Wellbeing
For more than 50 years, the Melbourne Institute has played a leading role in developing an evidence base of the causes and consequences of individuals’ and families’ economic outcomes in Australia.
Labour Markets and Employment
Our researchers are advancing knowledge of workforce supply and demand by analysing the dynamics of employment over the entire lifecycle and evaluating the effectiveness of policies in improving labour market outcomes.
Macroeconomic Modelling, Forecasting and Policy Analysis
Our world-class economists at the Melbourne Institute conduct in-depth analysis of domestic and international fiscal, monetary and macro-prudential policies, evaluating their impact on the state of the Australian economy.
The Melbourne Institute conducts independent, rigorous analysis of public policy in relation to taxation, expenditure and investment. Our aim is to understand how government decision-making affects the delivery of public services and economic development.
Poverty and Disadvantage
Poverty affects one in six Australian children. Our research shows that the first five years of a child’s life are critical in their cognitive, social and emotional development, and children who grow up in poverty are more likely to experience a cycle of disadvantage into adulthood.