Research project: Renewing Australian Federalism

Reference Material on Federalism

Fiscal federalism and taxation

  • Council for the Australian Federation, Australia's Future Tax System - A State Perspective (Submission to the Australia's Future Tax System Review, 1 June 2009). Download
  • Department of Treasury and Finance (WA), Discussion Paper on Commonwealth-State Relations (April 2006). Download
  • Brian Galligan, 'Fiscal Federalism: Then and Now' in Gabrielle Appleby, Nicholas Aroney and Thomas John (eds), The Future of Australian Federalism (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Read more
  • National Commission of Audit, Towards Responsible Government: The Report of the National Commission of Audit - Phase One (February 2014) 68-79. Download
  • Miranda Stewart, 'Australia' in Gianluigi Bizioli and Claudio Sacchetto (eds), Tax Aspects of Fiscal Federalism: A Comparative Analysis (IBFD, 2011). Download
  • Treasury (Cth), Architecture of Australia's Tax and Transfer System (August 2008). Download
  • Richard Webb, 'Developments in Commonwealth-State Financial Relations since 2000-01' (Research Brief No 11, Parliamentary Library, Parliament of Australia, 2006). Download

Intergovernmental decision-making

  • COAG Council on Federal Financial Relations, Federal Financial Framework. Council on Federal Financial Relations website
  • Special Edition: State Funding Reform in the Australian Federation (2012) 10(1) eJournal of Tax Research. Download
  • John Wanna et al, Common Cause: Strengthening Australia's Cooperative Federalism (Final Report to the Council for the Australian Federation, May 2009). Download
  • Neil Warren, Benchmarking Australia's Intergovernmental Fiscal Arrangements (Final Report, 23 May 2006). Download

State innovation

  • Kaja Fredriksen, ‘Decentralisation and Economic Growth – Part 3: Decentralisation, Infrastructure Investment and Educational Performance’ (Working Paper No 16, Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, 2013). Read more

Federalism and democracy

  • Arthur Gunlicks, 'German Federalism and Recent Reform Efforts' (2005) 6 German Law Journal 1283. Download
  • Cheryl Saunders, 'The Constitutional, Legal and Institutional Foundations of Australian Federalism' (Paper presented at Fixing Federalism Forum, Centre for Independent Studies, Sydney, 5 May 2008). Download
  • Cheryl Saunders, 'Federalism and Australian Democracy' (Seminar presented at Australian Federalism: Rescue and Reform, Tenterfield, New South Wales, 24 October 2008). Download
  • Anne Twomey, ‘Reforming Australia’s Federal System’ (2007) 36 Federal Law Review 57. Download
  • Anne Twomey and Glenn Withers, Federalist Paper I - Australia's Federal Future: Developing Growth and Prosperity (Report for the Council for the Australian Federation, April 2007). Download
  • Jennifer Menzies and Robyn Hollander, 'Election 2013 Issues: Governing Australia', The Conversation, 26 August 2013. Read more