TULIPWOOD ECONOMICS

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Copyright Tulipwood Economics 2018

Tulipwood Economics assists the University of Queensland undertake a market analysis of Australia’s rail transit and rail freight market

15 December 2019

Tulipwood Economics is currently assisting the University of Queensland undertake a major study in to the Australian rail transit and rail freight markets for a major international rail manufacturer. The study looks at several rail markets in details, such as the five major heavy rail networks, the five major light rail networks, all regional passenger rail networks and the major freight networks by commodity.

Tulipwood Economics assists the Cooperative Research Centre Association prepare its 2020-21 pre-budget submission.

5 December 2019

In its submission, the CRC Association argues strongly that its level of funding has fallen in real terms in recent year’s. Further, that the CRC model, especially following recent governance reforms recommendation (and accepted) as part of the Miles Review, puts the CRC model in a strong position to foster innovation and collaboration between the university and industry sectors. As such, the CRC Association believes that a sustainable increase in funding over the forward estimates represents money well spent by the Federal Government on behalf of the Australian taxpayer.

Tulipwood Economics assists iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre prepare its submission to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into National Transport Regulatory Reform.

29 June 2019

In its submission, iMOVE argued that the recent ICT revolution calls for a rethink of how Australia’s transport network operates on a day-to-day basis, and how the network is regulated. iMOVE proposed to build on the COAG reforms of 2011 and move towards greater utilisation of available data and greater uniformity across regulators in recognition that Australia’s transport network operates as a single system.

While it is true that there are significant differences between rail, heavy vehicles and maritime industries, there are also critical network interdependencies. And these linkages are more likely to intensify rather than dissipate going forward. If those interdependencies are not recognised, and we persist with a siloed approach to transport regulation, we would expect future productivity will be constrained and regulatory settings risk being inconsistent and ‘mode-parochial’.

Going from fragmented state regulators, to national mode-based regulators, to ultimately a single national regulator has been recognised in other infrastructure sectors. It’s part of Australia’s regulatory ‘journey’. iMOVE proposed that Australia’s reform journey, in the transportation space is not about more regulation, but better regulation.

iMOVE made a number of far-sighted recommendations, including: (i) establishing a shared governance framework and common information model, (ii) a National Transport Regulator, and an Australian National Transport Coordinator. 

Here’s the link to the report:

https://www.pc.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/243138/sub025-transport.pdf

Ecotourism in the Post Mining Investment Boom Decade

6 August 2018

Tulipwood Economics has been working in the Ecotourism space for a number of state governments and private companies. It’s a growing industry in Australia, particularly in Tasmania, but has enormous potential in Tropical North Queensland.

We recently completed a report for the Queensland Government reviewing the Tasmanian success story in ecotourism. And we are currently working with our partners Aurecon and PWC looking at ways to grow ecotourism in the beautiful Whitsundays.

Supply Chain Efficiency

6 August 2018

At the SMART Infrastructure Facility, Joe has been working with Ben Ellis, a highly respected transport economist and Partner at KPMG on identifying representative supply-chains in the Australian economy for the Bureau of Industry Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE). This is a fascinating project and should hopefully, with better information, underpin improvements in supply-chain investment in Australia.