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How can NATSEM add value to your work? Learn about NATSEM’s data analysis and modelling systems and how NATSEM can help you develop cutting-edge research and research proposals Bring your research ideas and discuss with the NATSEM team! If you are working on health, education, public policy, environment, resources or social sciences, NATSEM’s modelling could allow you to uniquely see the impact of a Government policy before it is implemented.

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NATSEM - The National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling is a research centre in the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA), Faculty of Business, Government and Law. It grew out of a University of Canberra initiative with the Commonwealth Government developed by its founder and inaugural Director, the distinguished Professor Ann Harding. The Centre’s research findings have been used in multiple parliamentary enquiries, in public policy deliberations and formulation and are regularly sourced and quoted in nearly all of Australia’s news media outlets. The modelling and analytical research conducted by NATSEM ranges from simple data analysis of large datasets to developing complex models of the demographic and economic behaviours. NATSEM has led the country in modelling social and economic conditions, focussing mainly on developing models of individual behaviour called microsimulation models NATSEM has also developed a small area estimation model used to derive small area estimates of survey data – for example, small area poverty rates; small area inequality; and small area wellbeing. This can also identify impacts of policy changes in small areas. Recent research has broadened significantly to include small area indices of wellbeing for older Australians; child social exclusion indexes; and an analysis of disadvantage in the ACT. So far, this policy modelling has been applied extensively to taxation and welfare benefits. For example, if your research is on change in tax/transfer or childcare policy, NATSEM can contribute to your research by identifying the population this affects (in terms of different families), and how much it will cost or save the government. NATSEM’s modelling can also be applied to education and health – for example, we have estimated the cost of different health conditions, as well as the impact of childcare policy reform.