2020-21 Pre-Budget Submission. 

On 24 August 2020 the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia made a Pre-Budget submission calling for measures to:

  1. Support young Australians entering the labour market during the COVID-19 recession through policies to maintain their connection to the labour market and build human capital (without imposing extra debt)
  2. Introduce revenue-contingent loans to help businesses and households affected by the COVID-19 recession and 2019-20 bushfire crisis, and to incentivise start-ups and SMEs to collaborate with university researchers
  3. Establish an independent income support commission to set the rate for JobSeeker and other income support payments before the Coronavirus Supplement is phased out
  4. Support the Australian Council of Learned Academies to develop an Australian Energy Transition Research Plan
  5. Extend financial support to Australian universities to ensure they maintain world-class teaching and research capacity until the international student market recovers
  6. Enhance the accessibility and use of public sector data by researchers to facilitate and enhance research that advances Australia’s national interests.