Our capabilities

Through explicit analysis, Marsden Jacob provides decision-makers in public policy with the information they need when considering the introduction of new policy or making changes to existing policies. We also assist businesses, industry peak bodies and non-government organisations to develop submissions for policy processes, underpinned by strong logic and evidence.

Our team has deep knowledge and broad experience. Our process is thorough and begins by us understanding both the policy or legislation, and the purpose for the review. We then investigate and analyse the key drivers of the issue and develop possible responses, with details of their impacts, for our client’s consideration.

Our key capabilities when it comes to public policy include:

  • analysis of policy proposals
  • business case assessment
  • feasibility studies
  • cost benefit analysis
  • regulatory pricing and analysis
  • advice on competition issues, particularly regarding access prices
  • regulatory and legislative reviews
  • market analysis
  • strategic planning and policy advice, review and assessment
  • pricing and funding reviews
  • advice on industry institutional arrangements.

Our clients

We have assisted policymakers in local, state and federal governments around Australia. We have also worked with non-government organisations, including the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) and Amnesty International, consumer and environmental organisations, and industry associations.

Our clients value the robust evidence we provide. They also value our independence.

Our projects

We have provided advice across the full spectrum of public policy projects. Examples include:

  • Feasibility study to determine the impacts of co-locating a state high school with James Cook University
  • Review of occupational health and safety regulations for clients in Western Australia and Queensland
  • Advice on access and regulatory pricing for the water and other natural resources sectors
  • Advice on access pricing, recovery of universal services costs, and cost benefit analysis of regulation for the telecommunications and energy sectors
  • Advice in the review of gambling licences in Victoria, including frameworks for responsible gambling, costs of provision of gambling services, analysis of gambling expenditure and analysis of individual gambling markets
  • Examination of pricing principles for the Youth and Family Services Division of the Victorian Government