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The South Australian Centre for Economic Studies (SACES) is a self-funding applied research unit of the University of Adelaide.

SACES was established in 1982 with a principal role to review, research and report on economic and public policy issues of relevance to South Australia and Australia as a whole. The Centre aims to increase the quality of analysis and debate regarding issues within the State, and to establish itself as a pre-eminent economic research centre in Australia.
 

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Provision of specialist economic research and advice on a fee-for-service basis to both private sector and government clients.

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Independent research fund

The independent research fund supports our research capacity in making a contribution to public policy debate.

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Regular provision to Members of economic briefing reports with a detailed assessment of economic conditions and the outlook for Australia and South Australia.

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Selection of indicators for South Australia providing a snapshot of recent economic and social trends in the State.

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Results of independent applied research, particularly on issues relevant to regional and national economic growth and development. 

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Latest from the Economic policy forum

AI at Work: Tackling the work, health and safety ethics of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is being increasingly deployed to drive innovation in products, production processes and service delivery. However, adoption of AI carries potential risks for workplaces and their clientele, including the potential loss of human life, with workplace health and safety implications. SACES, along with AIML and AITI, are hosting an open workshop to discuss and gain an understanding of the key ethical considerations for business in adopting AI technologies.

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SME's and young workers face significant COVID-19 lockdown challenges

Nearly a quarter of jobs in South Australia are in sectors such as hospitality, transport, and retail trade which are not suited to working from home and have been hard hit during the pandemic. As a consequence, the young, less educated and casual employees are particularly vulnerable during the current crisis. There is a need for the Federal Government to re-examine the JobKeeper program to ensure that it best suits the coming emergent economy.

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To the rescue: opportunities for connecting council procurement and social enterprise

SACES has released a report which provides a toolkit for councils wishing to explore procurement strategies in order to achieve better social outcomes for residents, local communities and local business. It suggests steps that councils can take to identify social procurement opportunities and social suppliers of goods and services that councils procure. Methods for estimating the added value of social procurement are also described.

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