The Environment

GAP continues to successfully progress its environmental agenda through the "Second Track" Process.

Our initiatives in the area of ecological sustainability over the period 2003-2013 have ranged from the resilience of Australia's urban infrastructure towards increased climate variability to water and energy resource management, and the role of ICT in environmental security to commercial opportunities in Australia's emerging carbon market.

GAP has also supported public discussion of topics such as Sustainability Insights, Environmental Capitalism and the Carbon Economy through its online think-tank, Open Forum.

GAP Taskforce on the North, Agriculture and the Environment (2015) 

In 2014, GAP assembled a multidisciplinary group of experts and stakeholders to discuss the economic opportunities and environmental implications of agricultural and associated development in northern Australia. The GAP Taskforce on the North, Agriculture and the Environment examined a wide range of issues to identify investment risks and development opportunities in the region. It assessed northern Australia in its national and international context and produced a draft ‘investment scorecard’ which could be developed to guide prospective investors to suitable areas for activity. The Taskforce’s final report was released on 19 April 2016. The Taskforce was supported by the Department of the Environment, the Department of Agriculture, National Australia Bank, Insurance Australia Group and Deloitte. GAP will work on the implementation of the Taskforce’s recommendations through the National Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment.

GAP Taskforce on Energy Pricing (2012)

The GAP Taskforce on Energy Pricing, one of the outcomes of the 2011 National Economic Review Summit, includes individuals from the NSW Legislative Chamber, federal and state government, the energy generation and supply sector, banking, academia and consumer groups. Working throughout 2012, it has backed a number of important initiatives, including the creation of a National Energy Consumers Council, to ensure the interests and concerns of small business and households are represented at the highest levels of energy decision making. GAP will be working with interested parties in 2013 to make further progress on these vital issues.

“Market mechanisms for recovering water in the Murray-Darling Basin” Online Consultation (2010)

GAP’s experience in digital community engagement was crucial in an online consultation regarding the Draft Report “Market mechanisms for recovering water in the Murray-Darling Basin” hosted and facilitated by GAP on behalf of the Productivity Commission.

Low-Carbon Economy Task Force (2009)

This group of scientists, public policy experts and concerned businessmen, chaired by Dr John Hewson AM, released a report “Low-Carbon Economy: Business Opportunities for Australia” in November 2009. The document outlined the possible impact of climate change and related policy development on the Australian business community with a focus on improving economic efficiency and leveraging practical outcomes. The report was offered for subsequent consideration to the NSW Department of Industry & Regional Development.

GAP Urban Water Pricing Forum (2008)

In 2008, in association with the Allen Consulting Group, GAP ran a series of roundtable meetings for key officials and regulators from the Commonwealth, NSW and Victorian governments and representatives from the water industry to address challenges facing the urban water sector. The Forum's final report "Urban Water: A vision for national road map for national progress", launched in August 2009 at Parliament House in Canberra, was offered for consideration by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and informed the Government’s 10 year $12.9 billion Water for the Future plan to secure Australia’s urban water supply.

GAP Forum on Commercialising Nanotechnology in Water (2006)

This forum examined the business potential and future applications of nanotechnology in water management. GAP Forum on Ecological Sustainability (2004) The forum aimed to foster business engagement in sustainable built environment. Discussions led by Bjorn Stigson, President of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, focused on energy, water, resources and climate change adaptation.

GAP Forum on Ecological Sustainability (2004)

The forum aimed to foster business engagement in sustainable built environment. Discussions led by Bjorn Stigson, President of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, focused on energy, water, resources and climate change adaptation.

View Our Reporting History

2016-2017

2017 A Vision for Australia - 'Hidden Giants': The Future of Australia's Midsize Business - GAP 8th Annual Economic Summit; Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners / Writing Partners, September 2017

The Australian Space Initiative - GAP Taskforce on Space Industry Report; Global Access Partners, August 2017

GAP Taskforce on Hospital Funding Report, Global Access Partners, July 2017

Housing Affordability Online Consultation Final Report, Global Access Partners, June 2017

Sydney as an Innovation Hub Taskforce Report; Global Access Partners, June 2017

Recovery at Work: Engaging Large Employers in Best Practice; GAP 2nd Strategic Roundtable; Report of Proceedings; Global Access Partners, May 2017

The case for national electricity reform; Report by the National Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment; Global Access Partners, February 2017

Space Tiger Team Submission to the Australian Government; Global Access Partners, January 2017

Increasing efficiency and value in public healthcare procurement; Report by the GAP Taskforce on Government Health Procurement, November 2016

GAP Taskforce on Early Childhood Education Report; Global Access Partners, October 2016

2016 A Vision for Australia – Spaces of Australian Innovation: GAP 7th Annual Economic Summit; Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners / Writing Partners, September 2016

Recovery at Work: A New Way of Thinking About Work Injuries; GAP 1st Strategic Roundtable; Report of Proceedings; Global Access Partners, May 2016

The North, Agriculture and the Environment; GAP Taskforce Report; Global Access Partners, March 2016

The business case for the establishment of an International Centre for Democratic Partnerships (ICDP), ICDP Working Group / Global Access Partners, January 2016

2014-2015

2015 National Economic Review – The Future of Jobs: Australia’s 6th Annual Growth Summit Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners / Writing Partners, September 2015

A Vision for Australia Discussion Paper, Global Access Partners, August 2015

“Towards Responsible Self Care: The Role of Health Literacy, Pharmacy and Non-Prescription Medicines”, Report by the GAP Taskforce on Self Care, June 2015

“The Australian Healthcare System as a Market” GAP/ACHR Workshop; Report of Proceedings; Global Access Partners, April 2015

“Energy Security and Affordability in New South Wales: Issues of Concern and Recommendations for Action; Report by the GAP Taskforce on Energy Security, Fergus Neilson, Global Access Partners, October 2014

Strategic advice for AIM’s future development (2015-2018); Paper for the Australian Institute of Music, Global Access Partners, October 2014

2014 National Economic Review: Australia’s 5th Annual Growth Summit (Education Summit) Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners / Writing Partners, September 2014

“Health interventions to improve economic productivity”; Discussion Paper for the GAP Taskforce on Productive Ageing; Global Access Partners, August 2014

The New University Model: Paper by the GAP Taskforce on Leadership in Education meeting held on 18 August 2014, Global Access Partners

The G20 Agenda for Growth: Opportunities for Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Conference Communique and Report of Proceedings; Global Access Partners / Writing Partners, June 2014

“Why boards are investing in analytic capabilities”: First 5000 Executive Roundtable with Peter Grainger; Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners, March 2014

2012-2013

The GAP Institute for Active Policy Proposal; Global Access Partners, November 2013

“Participation in Creative Arts subjects by Year 11 & 12 students in Australian secondary schools”; Research paper for the Australian Institute of Music, Global Access Partners, November 2013

“Social Media’s Commercial Application”: First 5000 Executive Roundtable with Michael Coomer; Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners, October 2013

2013 National Economic Review: Australia’s 4th Annual Growth Summit (Food Summit) Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners / Writing Partners, September 2013

“Emerging trends and opportunities in tertiary music education”: Scoping paper for the Australian Institute of Music, Global Access Partners, June 2013

“A Future without Age”: GAP/ACHR Conference on Productive Ageing Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners, May 2013

“Harnessing the human-digital interface and multidisciplinary collaboration to advance digital research & development in Australia”; Final Report by the Cyber Research and Development Taskforce; Global Access Partners / Smartnet, April 2013

2012 National Economic Review: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners, September 2012

Commercialising Australian Ideas: Issues and Recommendations; Report by the GAP Innovation Advisory Board, September 2012

The case for a global e-Conservatorium of Music based in Australia; Global Access Partners, August 2012

Progress in Society Taskforce Final Report; Global Access Partners, May 2012

Strata Laws Online Consultation Final Report, Global Access Partners, April 2012

A National Telehealth Strategy for Australia; Discussion Paper by the Australian National Consultative Committee on Health, November 2011

2010-2011

2011 National Economic Review: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit Report of Proceedings, September 2011

International Complex Project Management Task Force Report; Global Access Partners & International Centre for Complex Project Management; September 2011

“20 years after the Dawkins Review: Tertiary Music Education Task Force Report, Global Access Partners, September 2011

GAP Workshop on Cloud Computing, Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners, June 2011

GAP Task Force on Cloud Computing Report, Global Access Partners, May 2011

Primary Health Care and the Private Patient Journey; ACHR/GAP Forum Report of Proceedings; Global Access Partners, March 2011

"Project Mozart": A vision and approach for radical, transformative change in the Gold Coast Health Service towards integrated, patient-centric care; Paper by the Australian National Consultative Committee on Health, March 2010

2010 National Economic Review: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit Report of Proceedings, September 2010

2007-2009

"Low-Carbon Economy: Business Opportunities for Australia": Report by the GAP Task Force on Low-Carbon Economy, November 2009

GAP/ACHR Congress on Australia’s Health Report of Proceedings, November 2009

National Human Rights Online Consultation, Final Report to the Australian Government,  July 2009

Global Access Partners 2002-2008 Achievement & Activities Report, March 2009

“Urban Water: A vision for national road map for national progress”: GAP Urban Water Forum Report; Allen Consulting Group, Global Access Partners, February 2009

“GAP Congress on Regulatory Affairs: Opportunities for Business”, Report of Proceedings, released January 2009

“Directions for Reform of Part XIC of the Trade Practices Act 1997”: Regulating in Technology Rich Environments Task Force Report, December 2008

ANCCeH Cabinet Meeting with the Hon. Tony Abbott Report, 30 October 2008

“Open Forum Submission to the Australia 2020 Summit”, Global Access Partners, April 2008

“Innovation Attitudes in Australia” Open Forum Survey Report, Global Access Partners, February 2008

"Shaping Government policy" Open Forum Survey Report, Global Access Partners, December 2007

"Fostering Citizen-Government Interaction" GAP Focus Groups Report, December 2007

“The potential uses of pharmacogenetic testing for cytochrome P450 (CYP450) variations and its applications in routine drug therapy” GAP Roundtable Report, October 2007

“Implementing a Rational e-Health System in Australia”: GAP Forum Report, September 2007

Forum on Victoria’s National Innovation Agenda “Creating a Better Regulatory Environment for Innovation", Report of Proceedings, August 2007

“Formulating a New Approach to Trust and Privacy in the Information Age”: 4 July 2007 Conference Report (commissioned to GAP by the Privacy & Trust Partnership)

“GAP Congress on Wellness and Ageing: Breaking the Barriers – the Role of Government, Industry, Providers & Consumers” Report of Proceedings, February 2007

2002-2006