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  • Agribusiness

    • Regional Economic Analysis of SARMS 3IP (2019)

      Client: PIRSA
      Summary: BDO EconSearch was contracted by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) to prepare a regional economic impact analysis of the South Australian River Murray Sustainability (SARMS) Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (SARMS 3IP). This followed a test of the original Business Case economic modelling methodology undertaken by BDO EconSearch and an interim regional economic analysis of SARMS 3IP. The analyses undertaken for this study incorporated data sourced from the application, deed and monitoring data collected via reporting tools. The analyses supplement and update the initial cost benefit analysis (CBA) and regional impact analysis that were originally run on the intended activities of ten hypothetical scenarios. Two economic methods were utilised to provide the necessary outputs required for the economic assessment. Firstly, CBA was used to determine the efficient allocation of resources. Secondly, extended input-output analysis was employed for estimation of economic impacts.

    • Economic Analysis of Meat Processing Options on Kangaroo Island (2019)

      Client: PIRSA
      Summary: PIRSA and Livestock SA engaged BDO EconSearch to conduct an economic assessment to evaluate options for meat processing on Kangaroo Island (KI). In November 2018, PIRSA released a discussion paper Artisan On-farm Meat Processing on Kangaroo Island, and invited members of the KI community and other interested parties to make submissions to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development in relation to the regulations and options for supporting artisan on-farm meat processing on KI. A desktop review of the Discussion Paper and 16 submissions received by PIRSA in response, regulations and food safety standards relating to meat processing and handling and previous relevant studies was undertaken. Consultation was undertaken with respondents to the Discussion Paper, retail outlets (KI butcher, supermarkets), restaurants and KI Council. A small survey of hospitality venues and supermarkets on the Island was undertaken to gauge potential demand. A discounted cash flow analysis was undertaken to analyse the return on investment of the meat processing facility on KI option.

    • Economic Assessment of Dairy Farms Transition in the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District (GMID) (2019)

      Client: Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR)
      Summary: The purpose of this study was to undertake an economic assessment of the implications of dairy farmers transitioning out of the industry in the GMID in 2019/20 as a result of prevailing high costs of irrigation water, high feed costs, high levels of debt from the 2016 milk price down-turn and other factors. The scope of the analysis included: the impact of dairy farms transitioning out of dairy farming under a range of scenarios; with estimates of economic impact described for the GMID region and for the state in aggregate; and with impacts described separately resulting from reduced production in dairy farming and the response by processors to reduced milk volume. The analysis examines the economy-wide impact of three scenarios, for Northern Victoria and state-wide. The three scenarios each describe change in the dairy sector between June 2018 and June 2020, compared to a ‘Counterfactual’ projection.

    • Economic Contribution of the Bird in Hand Winery (2019)

      Client: Bird in Hand Winery
      Summary: The Bird in Hand Winery commissioned BDO EconSearch to estimate the economic contribution (gross regional product/gross state product, household income and jobs) of Bird In Hand Winery’s grape growing, wine making, cellar door, functions, events, retail and other related activity. The specific aim was to demonstrate the link between the current and future operations of the business and the economic contribution it makes to the Adelaide Hills and South Australian economies. The estimates of regional and state economic contribution presented in the analysis were prepared using Regional Industry Structure and Employment (RISE) models for the Adelaide Hills region and for South Australia, constructed by BDO EconSearch.

    • Economic Contribution of the Petaluma Winery (2019)

      Client: Accolade Wines
      Summary: The Petaluma Winery commissioned BDO EconSearch to estimate the economic contribution (gross regional product/gross state product, household income and jobs) of Petaluma Winery’s grape growing, wine making, cellar door and other related activity. The specific aim was to demonstrate the link between the current and future operations of the business and the economic contribution it makes to the Adelaide Hills and South Australian economies. The estimates of regional and state economic contribution presented in the analysis were prepared using Regional Industry Structure and Employment (RISE) models for the Adelaide Hills region and for South Australia, constructed by BDO EconSearch.

    • Economic Impact of the Bird in Hand Gold Mine on South Australia and Regions: Peer Review (2019)

      Client: Bird in Hand Winery
      Summary: Bird in Hand Winery commissioned BDO EconSearch to review an economic impact assessment of the proposed Bird in Hand Gold Mine development. The impact assessment was conducted by consulting firm Economic Research Consultants. BDO EconSearch reviewed the modelling approach employed, the economic model used, the reasonableness of scenarios modelled, the validity of assumptions used in the modelling, the quality of the data used in the modelling, the reliability of the results, the interpretation of the results and other considerations.

    • Cost Benefit Analysis of SA Grains Industry Trust Funded Projects (2019)

      Client: Grain Producers South Australia (GPSA)
      Summary: Grain Producers South Australia (GPSA) commissioned BDO EconSearch and Plan 2 Profit Agri (P2P Agri) to estimate the economic contribution of research, development and extension (RD&E) projects completed over a five year period (2012/13-2016/17). The nine case studies received $3,188,795 in SAGIT funding, which represented 35 per cent of total SAGIT funding (approximately $9 million) to RD&E projects over the 5-year period (2012/13-2017/18). The method used to assess the economic benefits of the RD&E funding was cost benefit analysis, a standard approach to economic appraisal. The aim of the project was to provide the GPSA and South Australian Grains Industry Trust (SAGIT) an understanding of the efficiency and efficacy of investments made by the two organisations in grain industry RD&E. This enabled them to prepare relevant RD&E funding policies, as well as assisting them to respond to applications for future industry RD&E funding.

    • Peer review of an economic impact of the thoroughbred industry (2019)

      Client: RMCG
      Summary: AgriFutures commissioned RMCG and BDO EconSearch to review an economic impact assessment of the Australian thoroughbred breeding industry. The assessment was conducted by consulting firm IER. RMCG and BDO reviewed the scope of the assessment, the economic impact assessment method, the sources of information used, the individuals and organisations consulted, the clarity of description of the approach and the outcomes and the feasibility of updating the study in future years.

    • Economic Value of Chicken Industry (2018)

      Client: RMCG
      Funder: AgriFutures Australia
      Summary: AgriFutures Australia engaged RMCG and BDO EconSearch to estimate the economic value of the chicken meat industry at a regional, state and national level. The research team collected primary data from farmers and processors to understand detailed expenditure and production patterns across the industry. The primary data were scaled up to industry level with secondary data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and industry estimates. Expenditure estimates were converted into estimates of economic contribution using an input-output model. The findings from the project better inform industry and policymakers on the significant economic contribution of the chicken meat industry at regional, state and national scales.

    • Cost Benefit Analysis of Grains Industry Farm Business Strategic Review (2017)

      Client: Rural Business Support
      Summary: Rural Business Support (RBS) engaged BDO EconSearch to carry out an independent evaluation of the Farm Business Strategic Review (FBSR) including a cost benefit analysis of quantifiable and unquantifiable benefits and an assessment of behavioural and confidence changes in participants. The FBSR included a review of each family farm’s position, a comparison to the wider industry and financial analysis of options for improving the family’s position. The purpose of the cost benefit analysis is to estimate the net benefit of the FBSR, including quantified and unquantified benefits. Pre and post-program surveys of participating grain farming families were carried out to capture descriptive information about the farms and farming families, current behaviours relating to business planning and expectations for the future. This pair of surveys allowed a comparison to be made between the expectations of the families before participating in the FBSR (Base Case) and after participating (FBSR Case).

    • Mount Lofty Ranges World Heritage Economic Indicators (2017)

      Client: Mount Lofty Ranges World Heritage Bid
      Summary: The Economic Advisory Group to the Mount Lofty Ranges World Heritage Bid commissioned EconSearch to prepare a data set that will help quantify economic target outcomes for the Bid. The targeted outcomes are:

      • Increase awareness – using common language, personalities and imagery
      • Increase visitation – numbers, length of stay, average spend
      • Increase investment – land prices, employment and agriculture
      • Increase premiums – pricing and cost
      • Increase innovation – new product, methods and experience.

      These data sets include up to five years’ historical data and are updatable on an annual basis.

      As part of the study a survey of agricultural, food/beverage and tourism businesses within the Mount Lofty Ranges World Heritage Bid region was undertaken to better understand current business drivers and future business outlook.

    • Cross-RDC Impact Assessment and Framework for Impact Assessment Reporting (2016)

      Client: Council of Rural Research & Development Corporations
      Summary: EconSearch, together with AgEconPlus, were part of a team led by Agtrans Research that carried out a two stage project on impact assessment of RDCs for the Council of Rural Research & Development Corporations. Stage one was a national cross-RDC impact assessment covering the period 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2015. Stage two was to develop a future framework for impact assessment and reporting. This involved a review of status quo methods and workshops with RDCs.

    • Other Completed projects

      • Evaluating the netting of apple orchards in the Adelaide Hills with the development of a business case tool for growers for Apple and Pear Growers Association of South Australia Inc in collaboration with Natural Logic (Australia) Pty Ltd (2015).
      • Rural Financial Counselling Service Cost Benefit Analysis for Rural Business Support (2015).
      • Economic Analysis of Eutypa Dieback in Coonawarra for Coonawarra Grapegrowers Association (2014).
      • Economic Analysis of Non-destructive Eradication of Perennial Crop Diseases for SARDI (2014).
      • Developing the Business Case for the SITplus Facility for Biosecurity SA (2014).
      • Economic Assessment of Land Use Opportunities in the Lower Murray Flood Plain (2013).
      • Oyster Basket Recycling Feasibility Study (2013).
      • Rangelands Stewardship Opportunity Cost Model (2013).
      • Economic Analysis of AWRI Projects & Activities (2013).
      • Plant Health Desk Top Study (2013).
      • Virginia and Northern Adelaide Plains Horticultural Study (2013).
      • Outback Lakes SA Beef Producers: A Review of Market Opportunities for Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources in collaboration with Rural Solutions SA (2012).
      • Business Plan for the Naracoorte Regional Livestock Exchange (2011).
      • Local Input-Output Modelling of Victorian Primary Industries (2010).
      • Economic Evaluation of the Branched Broomrape Eradication Program (2010).
      • Cost Benefit Analysis of a GWRDC Project Cluster: Vine Health - Powdery Mildew (2010).
      • Cost Benefit Analysis of a GWRDC Project Cluster: Vine Health - Other Disease (2010).
      • Cost Benefit Analysis of a GWRDC Project Cluster: Vine Physiology - Nutrient Management (2010).
      • International Market Access Impacts of Branched Broomrape Contamination: a Risk Assessment and Scenario Analysis (2010).
      • Independent Review of the Effectiveness of the Additional $1.50 Beef Marketing Levy (2009).
      • Objective Assessment of the Western Australian Beef Industry Supply Chain (2009).
      • Economic Impact of Productivity Improvements in South Australia's Primary Industries (2009).
      • Horticulture and Seafood Scorecard Information (2008-2009).
      • Cost Benefit Analysis of a GWRDC Project Cluster: Vine Physiology - Water (2009).
      • Business Case for Integrated Bio-system (IBS) Technology (2009).
      • Climate Change, Drought and Australian Agriculture: Measuring the Impact on Regions (2008).
      • Benchmarking Production Costs for Growers in the Chicken Meat Industry in South Australia (2008).
  • Fishing and Aquaculture

    • National Fisheries and Aquaculture Industry Contributions Study (FRDC project 2017-210) (2020)

      Client: University of Tasmania
      Funder: Fisheries Research and Development Corporation
      Summary: The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation on behalf of the Australian Government funded the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Industry Contributions Study to produce evidence of industry’s contributions. As part of this project, BDO EconSearch was commissioned to provide an estimate of the economic contribution of Australia’s fisheries and aquaculture industries to the Australian community that is aimed at helping industry tell the story of its contribution. BDO also produced various materials that supported the project team in building capacity and a nationally consistent framework to support further studies. The project estimated the contribution to the Australian (i.e. national) economy of total commercial fisheries and aquaculture activity using standard measures of economic contribution. It also estimated the contribution to each State/Territory's economy of commercial fisheries and aquaculture and finally, it developed a robust and nationally consistent framework to support data collection and estimation of contributions (and, potentially, impact) in the future.

      Report: Click here to access the FRDC website and the reports.

    • The Economic Impact of Aquaculture on the South Australian State and Regional Economies (1998 to 2020)

      Client: PIRSA Aquaculture
      Summary: Estimates of Gross Value of Production (GVP) are provided for each of South Australia's major aquaculture sectors: tuna, oysters, abalone, mussels, barramundi, yabby/marron farming and other aquaculture enterprises. Estimates of economic impact by aquaculture sector are also provided at the state and regional (Eyre Peninsula and balance of South Australia) levels. Economic impacts are expressed in terms of jobs, gross regional product and household income.
      Report: Click here to access the PIRSA Aquaculture website and the reports.

    • Economic and Social Indicators for the Commercial Fisheries of South Australia (1998 – 2020)

      Client: PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture
      Summary: To meet PIRSA’s legislative requirements under the Fisheries Act 2007, BDO EconSearch has developed annual economic indicators to track the performance of the commercial fisheries in South Australia. For each fishery, the indicators reported annually include the gross value of production, cost of management, financial performance (indicators including profit at full equity, cash operating surplus, return on investment, etc), determination of major cost increases, regional economic impacts and economic rent. The annual series of economic indicators has been prepared for Northern and Southern Zone Rock Lobster, Abalone, Charter Boats, Marine Scale, Blue Crab, Lakes and Coorong and Sardine fisheries.
      Reports:
      Economic Indicators for the South Australian Abalone Fishery, 2017/18
      Economic Indicators for the South Australian Blue Crab Fishery, 2017/18
      Economic Indicators for the South Australian Charter Boat Fishery, 2017/18
      Economic Indicators for the Gulf St Vincent Prawn Fishery, 2017/18
      Economic Indicators for the Lakes and Coorong Fishery, 2017/18
      Economic Indicators for the South Australian Marine Scalefish Fishery, 2017/18
      Economic Indicators for the South Australian Northern Zone Rock Lobster Fishery, 2017/18
      Economic Indicators for the South Australia Sardine Fishery, 2017/18
      Economic Indicators for the South Australian Spencer Gulf Prawn Fishery, 2017/18
      Economic Indicators for the South Australian Southern Zone Rock Lobster Fishery, 2017/18
      Economic Indicators for the Commercial Fisheries of South Australia Summary Report, 2017/18

       Alternatively, to access the PIRSA website for more information on each fishery click here.
    • Valuation of Licences in the Marine Scalefish Fishery (2019)

      Client: PIRSA
      Summary: BDO EconSearch was engaged by PIRSA to review alternative methods to value a South Australian commercial fishing licence and, using the most suitable method and information required, estimate the value of alternative licence categories in the SA MSF. BDO EconSearch also estimated the minimum and maximum values of alternative licence categories. A discounted cash flow valuation method is used.

    • Economic Analysis of the Marine Scalefish Fishery Buyout (2019)

      Client: PIRSA
      Summary: PIRSA contracted BDO EconSearch to prepare an economic analysis of the Government of SA’s buyout commitment for the restructuring of the SA Marine Scalefish Fishery. The analysis addressed whether the investment option is an efficient use of government resources and the expected economic impact on the state economy. The analysis compared two options against the base case. An investment option included investing in buying out approximately 50 per cent of MSF licences and introducing individual transfer quotas for key species. An input control option included fisheries managers continuing to use input controls to manage the sustainability of the fishery. The base case was envisaged as the continuation of current conditions, with the MSF becoming unsustainable in the near future. A key objective of this project was to undertake a modified cost benefit analysis to determine the incremental net economic return of the two management options. Economic impact analysis was undertaken using the BDO EconSearch RISE model of South Australia in 2017/18.

    • A market research-driven approach to developing an industry strategy for the SA Charter Boat Fishery (2019)

      Client: FRDC
      Collaborators: Action Market Research and Hudson Howells
      Summary: This project, undertaken by Action Market Research, Hudson Howells and BDO EconSearch, investigated the South Australian Charter Boat Fishery by conducting analyses to identify potential actions for growth to counter the declining level of activity and profitability in the industry. A targeted analysis was conducted on potential, current and lapsed Charter Boat clients incorporating satisfaction levels, total expenditure levels and suggestions for improvements and new experiences. The results allowed identification of characteristics and attitudes to help enable the industry to understand what is important to their existing clients, boost satisfaction levels, reach more clients and expand the market. An analysis was then conducted on the industry to quantify its economic impact regionally and at a state level based on client expenditure. In identifying the above, an assessment was made as to the current capacity, willingness and desire of the charter boat fishery to meet existing and projected demand, both qualitative and quantitative.

    • Economic Analysis of Western Rock Lobster (2019)

      Client: Fishing Families WA
      Summary: BDO EconSearch was commissioned by Fishing Families WA to provide an estimation of the maximum level of domestic (WA) consumption of Western Rock Lobster (WRL) and to provide commentary on the likely level and nature of substitution of WRL for alternative sources of protein. The scope of the study was divided into two sections: (i) quantifying the level of domestic (WA) consumption of WRL under different price scenarios; and (ii) undertaking price comparisons between WRL and alternative protein sources. The retail price, current consumption volume, minimum likely cost of production and margin at each stage of the existing WRL supply chain were estimated through consultation with quota holders (fishers), processors, distributors, retail and food service outlets (restaurants).

    • Economic Assessment of Fishing Capacity of the SA Marine Scalefish Fishery (2018)

      Client: PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture
      Summary: BDO EconSearch were engaged by PIRSA to undertake an economic assessment of the fishing capacity within the SA MSF. The aim was to estimate the number of licences (and fishing activity) in each region that achieve the objectives of stock sustainability and economic viability.
      The overall approach to this analysis was one of ensuing sustainability in the SA MSF where the net economic return (NER) generated by the fishery is greater than zero. Using data on the average catch and effort levels of key species, BDO EconSearch were tasked with estimating the number of licences needed in each region to achieve a NER greater than zero, i.e. lifting the fishery from a position of generating negative economic returns to one of long-term positive returns. The modelling process provided an estimate of the number of licences in each region that need to be removed under a fishery restructure to achieve a positive net economic return.
      The approach was an iterative one where licences, and fixed costs associated with these licences, were incrementally removed from the fishery and the income and variable costs associated with these licences redistributed to the remaining licence holders. After each licence was removed the NER was recalculated and the process continues until the NER in each region becomes positive.

    • Isolating social and economic objectives within multiple stakeholder fisheries: a case study of the South Australian Marine Scalefish Fishery (MSF) (FRDC Project number 2015-220) (2016)

      Client: FRDC
      Collaborators: University of Adelaide, Marine Fishers Association and Fish Focus Consulting
      Summary: As part of a team led by Dr Melissa Nursey-Bray of the University of Adelaide, EconSearch carried out analysis associated with the FRDC project ‘Illuminating common and conflicting social and economic objectives in multi-stakeholder fisheries’. The aims of the project were to identify the common and conflicting social and economic objectives for MSF stakeholders. EconSearch extended analysis of existing EconSearch data (Economic Indicators survey data) on the social aspects of the fishery and contributed multi-criteria analysis to the project by carrying out the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) on newly collected survey data. The results can be accessed through the project website.
      Report: Click here to download a copy of the report.

    • Economic Analysis of the NSW Commercial Fisheries reform (2016)

      Client: NSW Department of Primary Industries
      Summary: The Department of Primary Industries (NSW) contracted AgEconPlus in association with EconSearch and Gillespie Economics to undertake an economic analysis of the NSW Commercial Fisheries Reform Package. Reform options have been proposed for five state based fisheries based on linkage of licence holder shares to catch, effort or minimum shareholdings. This study examined the return on investment of the five fisheries; and analysed the impact of the share linkage options on fishing businesses in 15 share classes.

    • A best practice protocol and methodology for economic data collection in Australian fisheries (2016)

      Client: Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre
      Summary: Funded by the Australian Seafood CRC, EconSearch has developed a set of guidelines called A best practice protocol and methodology for economic data collection in Australian fisheries. These guidelines cover:
      • Identifying appropriate fisheries economic indicators for different purposes
      • Collecting primary data, including guidance on questionnaire design and the survey process
      • Storing and processing data
      • Reporting economic data in a way that they can be used effectively for economic performance monitoring and decision-making for harvest strategies purposes.

      The guidelines were promoted at a workshop on “The use of bio-economics and role of government in achieving economic objectives for key decision makers” held in Queenscliff, Victoria, 23-24 February 2015 to an audience of Fisheries Managers from each of the states, the Northern Territory and AFMA, and academics from various Australian and overseas universities.
    • Cost of Fishing Regulation in Commonwealth Fisheries (2015)

      Client: Australian Fisheries Management Authority
      Summary: The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) contracted EconSearch to provide a preliminary analysis of the set up and on-going costs to the commercial fishing industry of dealing with government regulation along the supply chain. The study was limited to two case study fisheries, i.e. Commonwealth fishers that fish in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF) and Commonwealth fishers that fish in the Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF). The study did not consider of the broader regulatory compliance costs faced by all Australian businesses such as the costs of complying with Australian taxation legislation (e.g. GST reporting), companies legislation (e.g. audit and annual reporting), workplace relations and occupational health and safety legislation.
      The analysis was based on surveys of SESSF and NPF concession holders to gain insight into the time and effort, as well as financial costs of meeting government regulatory and red tape demands. Some secondary data were provided by AFMA to enable the survey sample data to be extrapolated to the fishery as a whole. Data were analysed by point in the value chain (i.e. process) by agency and were expressed as regulatory costs per kg of landed fish and regulatory costs per $1 million gross value of production (GVP). It is anticipated the information will assist government to understand which processes in which step of the supply chain may present the best opportunity to reduce regulatory burden or unnecessary red tape.

    • Regional Economic Impact of the Snapper Spawning Spatial Closure 2013-2014 (2014)

      Client: Primary Industries and Resources South Australia Fisheries & Aquaculture
      Summary: In order to provide greater opportunities for spawning success, spatial (area) closures are considered to be important for minimising the disturbance to spawning aggregations by fishing activities (including recreational, charter and commercial fishing) during this critical reproductive period.
      The purpose of the analysis was to update, at a broad level, the regional economic and social impact assessment of the final PIRSA spatial management arrangements for Snapper, which apply to the recreational, charter and commercial fisheries. The objectives of this work were to:
      Determine the economic impacts for the Commercial and Charter Boat Fisheries from spatial closures in 2013/14.
      Undertake a survey to inform understanding of local business in the towns near the closures and likely impacts.
      Undertake consultation with local councils, industry associations and Tourism bodies to inform the report.
      Compare these results to those estimated in the 2013 report- ‘Regional economic and social impact of Snapper spawning spatial closure options 2012-2013.’
      In July 2013, the State Government announced the introduction of Snapper spawning spatial closures in Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent. The 2013-14 closures encompassed five areas in the gulfs that were closed to the possession and take of Snapper between 15 December 2013 and 31 January 2014. Other Snapper spawning aggregation sites remained open to fishing to ensure fishing practices could continue.

      EconSearch prepared a regional economic impact assessment of PIRSA’s Snapper spawning spatial closures. A survey was undertaken to gather stakeholder input into the regional impact assessment. Input was sourced from representatives of the commercial fishing sector, recreational fishing sector, charter boat fishing sector, tourism industry and Local Government sector.
    • Economic Impact of Zoning in SA Marine Parks on Commercial Fishing (2014)

      Client: Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
      Summary: In 2009, the SA Government established 19 marine parks and subsequently prepared draft management plans for each park. In 2011 the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) contracted EconSearch and its project partners to provide impact statements for each of the 19 marine parks. The final marine park zoning (and finalised management plans) came into force in November 2012.
      For this project, EconSearch was commissioned by DEWNR to update the regional impact analysis of marine park zoning for the commercial fishing sector, taking into consideration the revised zoning and the SA Governments’ Commercial Fisheries Voluntary Catch/Effort Reduction Program.

    • Economic Value of Commercial Fishing Operating out of Lakes Entrance (Port of Gippsland Lakes) (2014)

      Client: Gippsland Ports
      Collaborator: Roberts Evaluation
      Summary: EconSearch in collaboration with Roberts Evaluation were contracted by Gippsland Ports to undertake an assessment of the value of the contribution of the commercial fishing conducted from the Port of Gippsland Lakes (Lakes Entrance) to the local and state economies.
      The direct and flow-on GRP in the East Gippsland region generated from commercial fishing and related processing and food service sectors was estimated to be around $29.3 million, $20.0 million generated directly and $9.3 in flow-on activity. The GRP impact represents 15 per cent of total GRP in the Lakes Entrance SA2 region ($188.3 million in 2011/12) and 2.0 per cent of total GRP in the East Gippsland region ($1.48 billion in 2011/12). For Victoria, fishing industry activity based on commercial fishing out of Lakes Entrance is estimated to generate gross state product (GSP) of around $48.4 million which represents 0.01 per cent of the state’s total ($328.6 billion in 2011/12).
      Total (direct plus flow-on) employment in the East Gippsland region as a result of the commercial fishing and related processing and food service sectors is estimated to be 278 fte jobs, 168 fte jobs generated directly by the fishing industry and 110 fte jobs through flow-on activity. The direct plus flow-on employment represents approximately 12 per cent of the estimated employment (fte) in the Lakes Entrance SA2 region (2,233 fte in 2011/12) and 1.8 per cent of the estimated employment (fte) for the East Gippsland region (15,570 fte in 2011/12). For Victoria, direct and indirect employment is estimated to be 394 fte jobs. This represents 0.02 per cent of Victoria’s total employment (approximately 2.4 million fte in 2011/12).

    • Other Completed projects

      • Lakes and Coorong Pipi Fishery Gross Margin Model: 2017/18 for Primary Industries and Resources South Australia (2012 - 2017).
      • Cost of Fishing Regulation in Commonwealth Fisheries for Australian Fisheries Management Authority (2015).
      • Regional Economic Impact of the Snapper Spawning Spatial Closure 2013-2014 for Primary Industries and Resources South Australia Fisheries & Aquaculture (2014).
      • Economic Impact of Zoning in SA Marine Parks on Commercial Fishing for Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (2014).
      • Economic Value of Commercial Fishing Operating out of Lakes Entrance (Port of Gippsland Lakes) for Gippsland Ports with Roberts Evaluation (2014).
      • Regional Economic & Social Impact of Snapper Spawning Spatial Closure Options 2012-2013 (2013).
      • Oyster Basket Recycling Feasibility Study (2013).
      • On-Board Electronic Data Capture System (Deckhand) Cost Benefit Analysis (2012).
      • Bioeconomic decision support tools for Southern Rock Lobster (2012).
      • Lakes and Coorong Pipi Fishery Gross Margin Model Development (2012).
      • Marine Parks Regional Impact Statements (2012).
      • Evaluations of Proposals for Seafood Industry Co-investment Funding for “End-user Driven Research Partnerships” (2011).
      • Economic Analysis: Fishing Industry Impact Study – Kimberley LNG Project (2009).
      • Economic Trends in South Australia's Commercial Fisheries: 1997/98 to 2007/08 (2009).
      • Northern Australia Land and Water Science Review (2009).
      • Horticulture and Seafood Scorecard Information (2008-2009).
      • Economic Performance of Rock Lobster Fisheries (2009).
      • The Australian Ornamental Fish Industry in 2006/07 (2008).
  • Forestry

    • Economic Contribution of the Forest Industry to Wattle Range Council (2019)

      Client: Wattle Range Council
      Summary: Wattle Range Council engaged BDO EconSearch to provide modelling of the economic contribution of the forest industry and the economic impact of reduced timber processing activity in the region. The method for the study included industry consultation, forest activity modelling and economic modelling. BDO EconSearch consulted with several stakeholders including: existing processing businesses, potential processing businesses and policy officers. Semi-structured interviews were carried out in March 2019 and covered businesses responsible for around three-quarters of timber processing jobs in the Wattle Range LGA. RISE models for the Wattle Range LGA and Limestone Coast South Australian Government Region were developed by BDO EconSearch for this assessment.

    • Victorian State Forests Economic Modelling (2019)

      Client: Quantum Market Research
      Summary: This project presents and interprets estimates of the total economic contribution of Victorian State Forests to the Victorian economy, for the six month period, February to July 2019. The modelling basis for the estimations (the input-output based RISE) and the ratios (multipliers) that are implicit in the modelling process. The analysis used data from a survey of visitors provided by Quantum Market Research and modelling carried out by BDO EconSearch utilising detailed expenditure data from the ABS Australian National Accounts: Tourism Satellite Account, as well as the RISE (Regional Industry Structure & Employment) model of Victoria.

    • Socio-economic impacts of the forest industry 2015/16 (2017-2018)

      Client: Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA)
      Summary: EconSearch worked with a project team led by Associate Professor Jacki Schirmer (University of Canberra) to produce socio-economic impact reports for major forestry regions across Australia.
      EconSearch surveyed forest industry businesses in South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia, and modelled the direct and flow-on economic activity contributed by the industry using extended input-output models. Business activities included in the survey were: growing and management, silviculture, harvest and haulage, and primary and further processing.
      Reports for the following regions can be accessed on the FWPA website:
      Western Australia
      Queensland
      Tasmania
      Victoria (exc. the Green Triangle)
      Green Triangle

    • Other Completed projects

      • Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Planning Socio-Economic Aspects (2008).
      • Review of the FloraSearch project’s economic modelling and integration with GIS (2007).
      • Net Economic Impact of the Proposed Gaia Forest Plantation Company Development on Kangaroo Island (2006).
      • Economic Impact of the Timber Industry in the Mount Lofty Ranges of South Australia (2005).
      • SA Economic Impact of the Timber Industry in the Green Triangle Region (2005).
      • Economic Impact of Hardwood Chip Exports from the Port of Portland on the Green Triangle and Australian Economies (2005).
  • Transport and infrastructure

    • Port of Melbourne Economic Impact Dashboard (2018)

      Client: Port of Melbourne Corporation
      Collaborator: GHD
      Summary: The Port of Melbourne commissioned BDO EconSearch to create a dashboard that presented the results of an economic contribution study on the Port of Melbourne in the 2017/18 financial year carried out by BDO EconSearch with assistance from GHD in 2018. The dashboard was produced using data collected from a survey of Port of Melbourne users, service providers and other organisations that interact with the port was carried out in November 2018. The survey collected data on cargo movements through the port and the associated employment, revenue and expenditure. Results from the analysis were provided to Port of Melbourne in two ways. Firstly, a dashboard was constructed to present the database visually with a focus on sector disaggregation and regional distribution (using ABS spatial data files) of economic impact. The full results were also provided as a set of tables.

    • Cairns Airfreight Economic Impact Analysis (2019)

      Client: BDO Brisbane
      Summary: BDO EconSearch provided estimates of the economic impact of the cessation of Cathay Pacific airfreight services between Cairns and Hong Kong, due to impacts on the exports of live crayfish, coral trout, aquarium fish and coral, and fresh mangoes affecting the economies of North Queensland (Cairns) and the State of Queensland. These estimates included the impact of a reduction in realised wholesale product value due to an increase in rejection rates for live crayfish and coral trout, the impact of an increase in short-term freight costs to redirect exports out of Sydney and the impacts of reductions in live crayfish and coral trout production should exporter gross margins ultimately result in reductions in production equivalent to current export values. Modelling carried out by BDO EconSearch utilised estimates of current export volume and value of crayfish, coral trout, aquarium fish and coral, and mangoes provided by the Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games (the Department) to BDO Brisbane, as well as BDO EconSearch’s RISE (Regional Industry Structure & Employment) economic models of the economies of Far North Queensland and the State of Queensland.

    • Economic Impact of the Australian Antarctic Division’s Davis Antarctic Year-Round Aerodrome Project on Tasmania (2019)

      Client: AECOM
      Summary: BDO EconSearch carried out an economic impact analysis of a project proposed by the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) to enable year-round access to Antarctica. The proposed project involved development of the Davis Antarctic Year-Round Aerodrome (Davis aerodrome) near Davis research station, including a new runway and associated infrastructure. The economic impact analysis of the project was carried out using the BDO EconSearch extended I-O model known as “RISE” (Regional Industry Structure & Employment). The model is based on conventional I-O analysis and is extended to capture the movement of population and the unemployment benefits lost from household income when jobs are created.

    • Port of Geelong Economic Impact Study 2016/17 (2017)

      Client: Victorian Regional Channels Authority
      Summary: The Victorian Regional Channels Authority commissioned BDO EconSearch to undertake an economic impact study of the Port of Geelong. Port economic impact studies can contribute to a balanced assessment of the role of ports and to informed consideration of issues such as port planning. The study aimed to measure the economic impact of port-related activity at the regional and state levels. The estimates of port impact cover the direct effects of the port and the subsequent flow-on effects to other sectors of the regional and state economies. The analysis was based on shipping, cargo and financial data for 2016/17 and survey data collected for an earlier study conducted for 2014/15. Input-output models for the Barwon region and Victoria were used to calculate the flow-on effects to other industry sectors.

    • Economic Impact of the Smith Bay Wharf (2017)

      Client: Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers
      Summary: Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers (KIPT) is proposing to construct a deep-water wharf at Smith Bay. EconSearch provided KIPT a socio-economic profile of the KI region and an economic impact analysis of the proposal. The estimates of economic impact were based on the input-output (I-O) method for the construction and operating phases. A sensitivity analysis was also provided by relaxing the fixed price assumptions of the standard I-O methodology.

    • Economic Impact of the Port of Newcastle (2018)

      Client: Port of Newcastle
      Summary: The Port of Newcastle is the world’s largest coal export port and is the third largest port in Australia. The port is the key feature of New South Wales’s second largest city, Newcastle. The port is located at the mouth of the Hunter River 162 kilometres north-north east of Sydney. The Port of Newcastle handled approximately 170.4 million tonnes of cargo in 2016/17 with a trade value of approximately $23 billion. 
      Port of Newcastle commissioned BDO EconSearch to prepare an economic impact report to illustrate the Port’s importance to the regional, state and national economies. Specifically, Port of Newcastle sought a study to measure the value of current Port activity to the Hunter region, New South Wales and Australian economies, including jobs that are supported by the Port in each region.

    • Economic Analysis of Eyre Peninsula Rail Freight Options (2018)

      Client: SMEC Australia and Mott Macdonald
      Summary: EconSearch was subcontracted by the SMEC/Mott Macdonald consortium to undertake an economic analysis of grain freighting (rail/road) options for the Eyre Peninsula region for the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, towards a funding submission to Infrastructure Australia.

    • Economic Impact of the Port of Geelong (2015)

      Client: Victorian Regional Channels Authority
      Summary: The study measured the impact of port-related activity in the Port of Geelong ports on the economy of the Barwon region and Victoria for 2014/15. Impacts were also estimated for forecast trade volumes out to the year 2034/35 for low, medium and high scenarios. Port impact was measured in terms of output, value added, household income and employment. The analysis also considered the contribution of Port users to the local economy.

    • Other Completed projects

      • Economic Impact of the Port of Geelong for Victorian Regional Channels Authority (2015). To access the Victorian Regional Channels Authority website and the report click here.
      • Economic Impact Assessment: River Murray Infrastructure upgrade (2013).
      • Economic Impact Assessment: Central Queensland Coal Mine (2013).
      • Economic Impact Assessment of the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project on the Economies of Mackay and Queensland (2012).
      • Economic Evaluation of the Brisbane Cross River Rail Project (2011).
      • Economic Impact of the Southern Expressway Duplication Project on the Economies of Southern Adelaide, Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo Island and South Australia (2011).
      • Economic Impact of the Moreton Bay Rail Link Project on the Economies of South-East Queensland and Queensland (2011).
      • Economic Evaluation of the Brisbane Cross River Rail Project (2011).
      • Economic Analysis of Road Funding Options on Kangaroo Island (2010).
      • Economic Impact of the Port of Geelong (2010).
      • Port of Port Kembla Economic Impact Study (2009).
      • Kangaroo Island Watergap Recognition Project (2009).
      • Brighton Transport Hub Economic Impact Study (2009).
      • Victor Harbor TAFE Relocation Project Economic Analysis (2008).
      • Economic Assessment of Melbourne East-West Link Options (2008).
      • Port Economic Impact Studies – Several (2000-2008).
  • Water and environment

    • Costs and Benefits of Stormwater Management Options for Minor Infill Development in the Planning and Design Code (2020)

      Client: Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
      Collaborators: Tonkin Engineering
      Summary: BDO EconSearch and Tonkin Engineering were commissioned by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Department for Environment and Water, Department of Treasury and Finance, and SA Health to analyse the cost-effectiveness of the proposed Planning and Design Code policies for minor infill, in relation to:

      • Tree canopy cover and the ‘One Tree Policy’
      • Stormwater management and rainwater tanks

      This report was intended to inform decision-making on the cost-effectiveness of proposed Code policy. It aims to improve understanding of all the upfront and long-term costs and benefits of the proposed policies to the individual household and the Greater Adelaide community, and ensure they can be weighed up objectively.
      The project involved identifying the costs and benefits of different stormwater management options and the best ways to increase urban tree canopy cover for residential areas in metropolitan Adelaide, with a particular focus on the role of the Planning and Design Code.

    • Economic Analysis of Remarkable Southern Flinders Projects (2019)

      Client: Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife and RDA Yorke and Mid-North
      Summary: BDO EconSearch was commissioned by the RDA Yorke and Mid North to demonstrate the economic benefits attributable to a number of projects for an application for the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF). The projects were intended to boost tourism and the economy and redevelop the landscape following the Bangor (2014) and Bundaleer (2013) forestry fires. Of the four BBRF assessment criteria BDO EconSearch were asked to contribute to the BBRF Merit Criterion 1: Economic Benefit. Two economic methods were utilised to provide the necessary outputs required for the application. Extended input-output analysis was employed for estimation of regional economic impacts. Cost benefit analysis was used to determine the efficient allocation of resources.

    • Economic Analysis of Rewilding Yorke Peninsula (2018)

      Client: Yorke Peninsula Tourism
      Summary: Yorke Peninsula Tourism, on behalf of , a consortium of nine environmental NGOs, local councils and community groups, engaged BDO EconSearch to develop an economic analysis of components of the Rewilding Yorke Peninsula initiative. While the intent of the initiative is to derive tangible conservation outcomes for natural assets, there are many beneficial flow-on effects, particularly for agricultural productivity, tourism and regional economies. BDO EconSearch undertook a social cost benefit analysis of the Rewilding Yorke Peninsula project and a regional economic impact analysis of the project in terms of (i) project implementation and ongoing management and, (ii) tourism as a result of the Rewilding Yorke Peninsula project. Two economic methods were utilised to provide the necessary outputs required for funding applications. Firstly, cost benefit analysis was used to determine the efficient allocation of resources. Secondly, extended input-output analysis was employed for estimation of regional economic impacts.

    • Economic Analysis of the Cummins Wanilla Basin Drainage Management System (2018)

      Client: Eyre Peninsula NRM Board
      Summary: The Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management (EP NRM) Board is working with the Cummins Wanilla Streamcare Group to assist them with attracting funds to update the Cummins Wanilla Basin (CWB) catchment drainage management plan and subsequent rehabilitation/upgrade of drainage scheme infrastructure.
      The EP NRM Board and Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDA WEP) have commissioned EconSearch to undertake an economic analysis of the impact of the current functioning of the drainage system on local agriculture. As part of the study, a landholder survey was undertaken to assist in quantifying this impact.

    • Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme Request for Clarification Business Plan and Market Assessments Phase I (2016)

      Client: SA Water
      Collaborators: Ag Dynamics
      SA Water undertook a Selective Request for Proposal (SRP) process for the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme and contracted BDO EconSearch to provide a written assessment of the three Tenderers’ responses to Schedule F of the tender. Schedule F contained requirements regarding the business plan and market assessment component of the SRP proposals. To assist in this assessment, a high-level analysis of the market potential for horticultural produce out of Northern Adelaide Plains was undertaken by BDO EconSearch and subcontractor, Ag Dynamics, working with PIRSA’s Agriculture, Food and Wine division.

    • Water Planning Economic Analysis Framework Guidelines (2016)

      Client: South Australian Murray-Darling Basin NRM Board
      Summary: The SA Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources engaged EconSearch to develop a framework for cost benefit and economic impact analysis of water planning policy decisions in the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges Prescribed Water Resources areas and, more broadly, the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management region to provide better understanding of the impacts of future water planning decisions. This study focussed on two major types of water planning policy, namely (i) reductions to water allocations; and (ii) restriction in the timing of access to the taking of water allocations.

    • NRM Levy Social and Economic Impact Assessments (2016)

      Client: SA Murray Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board
      South East Natural Resources Management Board
      SA Arid Land Natural Resources Management Board
      Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board
      Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board
      Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board
      Summary: EconSearch was commissioned by six Natural Resources Management Boards to update the social and economic impacts of NRM levy scenarios on levy payers in their regions. The analysis was directed at several groups: irrigation farms, dryland farms, non-farm businesses and households. Groups unique to some NRM areas, such as forestry in the South East, were included in the analysis where requested. The analyses provided the Boards with information on the likely economic and social impact of the increased costs of proposed water-based and land-based levies on businesses and households in the regions, including in vulnerable sectors.

    • Economic Analysis of Flows for the Future Project (2016)

      Client: Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR)
      Summary: DEWNR engaged EconSearch to provide an economic analysis of restoring low flows in two prescribed water resource areas, namely the Eastern Mt Lofty Ranges and the Marne Saunders. The economic analysis will support a business case for the Flows for the Future Project. Four Flows for the Future Project scenarios were analysed using cost benefit analysis. Changes in environmental condition were included in the analysis by using benefit transfer. The economic impact of the Flows for the Future project scenarios on the regional economy was also undertaken.

    • Economic and Financial Analysis of the Patawalonga Investment Strategy (2015)

      Client: SA Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR)
      Summary: EconSearch was commissioned by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) to undertake a financial and economic analysis of the Patawalonga Lake System: 5-Year Investment Strategy 2015. The analysis was undertaken in accordance with the South Australian Guidelines for conducting economic evaluations of public sector projects (Department of Treasury and Finance 2008). While both financial and economic analyses were undertaken, the emphasis was on the economic analysis which takes account of the costs and benefits to the broader community, rather than the financial analysis which considers the only the costs and benefits directly relevant to government.

    • NRM Levy Income: Update of Social and Economic Impacts (2015)

      Client: SA Murray Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board
      Summary: EconSearch was commissioned by the SA Murray Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board to update the social and economic impacts of NRM levy scenarios on landholders in the SA MDB region. The analysis was directed at three groups: irrigation farms, dryland farms and households. The analysis showed that it is highly unlikely that the costs of the water based and land based levies would result in business closure in the SA MDB region, even in vulnerable sectors. The levy would have minimal economic and social impact on households in the region.

    • Other Completed projects

      • Economic Analysis of Rewilding Yorke Peninsula for Yorke Peninsula Tourism (2018).
      • Economic Analysis of the Proposed South East Flows Restoration Augmentation Project for Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (2018).
      • Environmental Tracer and Noble Gas Laboratory Business Case for CSIRO Land and Water Flagship (2016).
      • Water Planning Economic Analysis Framework Guidelines for South Australian Murray-Darling Basin NRM Board (2016).
      • Economic Assessment of the Spencer Gulf Ecosystem & Development Initiative Phase II Proposal for Environment Institute (2015). To download a copy of the report click here
      • Economic and Financial Analysis of the Patawalonga Investment Strategy for SA Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) (2015).
      • NRM Levy Income: Update of Social and Economic Impacts for SA Murray Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board (2015).
      • Evaluating the Performance of the Zero Waste SA Industry Program for Zero Waste SA (2014).
      • Economic Aspects of the Zero Waste SA Strategy Review for Zero Waste SA in collaboration with Resources and Waste Advisory Group and RawTec (2014). To download a copy of the report click here.
      • Business Case for Sediment Management at the Patawalonga Lake System (2013).
      • South Australian River Murray Improvements Program (SARMIP) Cost Benefit Analysis (2013).
      • Economic Assessment of the Rapid Identification (RapID) Australia Proposal (2013).
      • Marine Parks Regional Impact Statements (2012).
      • Community Impacts of the Guide to the proposed Murray-Darling Basin Plan (2011).
      • Economic and Financial Analysis of the Orroroo Stormwater Reuse Project (2011).
      • Economic and Financial Analysis of the Laura Stormwater Reuse Project (2011).
      • Scenario Planning for an Innovative Response to the Water Challenge in the Murray Riverina Region (2011).
      • Clare Valley Water Security Plan (2011).
      • Marine Parks Regional Impact Statement: Proposed Method and Template (2011).
      • “Drivers of Land Use Change” presented to the 2010 Connecting the Catchments Forum (2010).
      • Economic and Financial Analysis of the Happy Valley WTP Chlorination Facility Upgrade (2010).
      • Economic and Financial Analysis of the Port Augusta Stormwater Reuse Project (2010).
      • Social Impact Analysis for the Northern and Yorke NRM Levy (2008-2010).
      • Economic Analysis of Adelaide Airport Stormwater Reuse Project (2009).
      • Update of the Volumetric Conversion Calculations for the Mallee Prescribed Wells Area Water Allocation Plan (2009).
      • Investigation of potential market based instruments to minimise the effect of stormwater on Adelaide’s coastal water quality (2009).
      • Economic and Financial Analysis of the Barker Inlet Stormwater Reuse Project (2009).
      • Social and Economic Impact Assessment Report for the 2010/11 South East NRM Levy Proposal (2009).
      • NRM Levy Rate Equalisation for Local Governments in the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges NRM Board region (2009).
      • National Climate Change Coastal Vulnerability Assessment - Yorke Peninsula Case Study (2009).
      • Cost Benefit Analysis of a GWRDC Soil and Water Initiative Project Cluster (2009).
      • Northern Australia Land and Water Science Review (2009).
      • Economic Analysis of the Proposed Glen Villa Salt Interception Scheme (2009).
      • Natural Resource Management Levy Assessments (2007-2008).
      • Incentives to Stimulate Innovation in Water Sensitive Urban Developments (2008).
      • Economic and Regulatory Impact Statement for the Water Sensitive Urban Design Framework in the Greater Adelaide Region (2008).
      • Economic Value of Irrigation in Urban Green Open Space (2008).
  • Tourism, hospitality and recreation

    • Economic Value of Heritage to South Australia (2020)

      Client: Department of Environment and Water
      Collaborators: Action Market Research and Hudson Howells
      Summary:
      Heritage SA commissioned BDO EconSearch, in collaboration with Action Market Research and Hudson Howells, to develop a research plan to determine the economic value and contribution of heritage to South Australia. The aim of this research plan and framework was to provide a structured way forward for understanding the economic values and contributions of heritage to South Australia, including recommendations for the types of studies that would be appropriate for answering a set of research questions as set out by Heritage SA.
      Concurrently, Heritage SA commissioned BDO EconSearch to undertake an analysis of the economic contribution of heritage restoration involving State and Local Government investment through 3 major grant programs to the South Australian economy in terms of Gross State Product and employment for the 2019/20 financial year.

    • Heritage Grants Program Evaluation (2019)

      Client: University of South Australia
      Funder: Department for Environment and Water
      Summary: The University of South Australia engaged BDO EconSearch to provide consultancy services to the project "Heritage Grants Schemes — cost benefit analysis" funded by the Department for Environment and Water (DEW). The purpose of this study was to undertake a cost benefit analysis of the South Australian Heritage Fund grant program. Analysis was undertaken of the grant program over a five-year period. Case study analysis was undertaken on a broadly representative sample of grantees, and the results from these individual case studies was aggregated to the Program as a whole. The evaluation contributed towards informing DEW of the value of the grant program and opportunities for optimisation of the new Heritage Grant Program, in terms of the types and amounts of grants given.

    • Economic Contribution to the City from Workers in the New West End Facilities (2019)

      Client: Hudson Howells
      Funder: The City of Adelaide
      Summary: The objective of this study was to estimate the economic contribution related to investment in the City’s West End, in particular the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, New Royal Adelaide Hospital, University of South Australia and Adelaide University facilities. The study estimated where employees at each of these facilities spend their money and how much they spend. This information was analysed to estimate the contribution this expenditure is making to the City’s economy. The economic contribution was estimated using the RISE (Regional Industry Structure & Employment) model, an extension of the conventional input-output method.

    • Economic Analysis of Road Closures during the Adelaide Fringe Festival (2019)

      Client: Hudson Howells
      Funder: The City of Adelaide
      Summary: BDO EconSearch were engaged to undertake an economic analysis of the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival Rundle Street closures. The purpose of this report was to provide an update of the economic analysis of the street closures for the 2019 Fringe Festival. A survey of East End Traders was undertaken by Hudson Howells in 2019 which provided data that were used in the cost benefit and economic impact analysis. A key objective of this study was to undertake a cost benefit analysis (CBA) to determine the net benefit of the City of Adelaide (CoA) support of the road closures during the Fringe Festival on East End Traders. Two economic methods were utilised to assess the CoA’s support of street closures during the Fringe Festival. Firstly, CBA was used to determine the efficient allocation of resources. Secondly, extended input-output (I-O) analysis was employed for estimation of economic impacts.

    • Economic and Social Impacts of Recreational Hunting and Shooting (2019)

      Client: RMCG
      Funder: Commonwealth Department of Health
      Summary: The study was commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Health and was undertaken by RMCG, BDO EconSearch, JS Consulting and Bartley Consulting. Primary data was collected through a survey to gain a detailed profile of hunters’ and shooters’ expenditure and supplementary information on health and wellbeing, physical exercise and social interactions of hunters and shooters. The study estimated the gross economic contribution of recreational hunting and sport shooting in Australia, the net economic contribution, of recreational hunting and sport shooting in Australia and explored the impact of recreational hunting and sport shooting activity on health and wellbeing of hunters and sport shooters. The estimates of economic contribution presented in the report were generated by an extension of the conventional input-output method known as the RISE model (Regional Industry Structure and Employment) developed by BDO EconSearch.

    • Economic Analysis of the Murray Coorong Trail (2018)

      Client: Coorong District Council
      Summary: Coorong District Council, Rural City of Murray Bridge and the Mid Murray Council are considering developing the Murray Coorong Trail, a 450 kilometre walking and bike riding trail along the Murray River, linking Cadell in the Riverland to Salt Creek in the Coorong.
      The Murray Coorong Trail Working Group engaged EconSearch to undertake an economic analysis of the proposed trail to assist with building the business case for the project.

    • Mount Lofty Ranges World Heritage Economic Indicators (2017)

      Client: Mount Lofty Ranges World Heritage Bid
      Summary: The Economic Advisory Group to the Mount Lofty Ranges World Heritage Bid commissioned EconSearch to prepare a data set that will help quantify economic target outcomes for the Bid. The targeted outcomes are:

      • Increase awareness – using common language, personalities and imagery
      • Increase visitation – numbers, length of stay, average spend
      • Increase investment – land prices, employment and agriculture
      • Increase premiums – pricing and cost
      • Increase innovation – new product, methods and experience.

      These data sets include up to five years’ historical data and are updatable on an annual basis.
      As part of the study a survey of agricultural, food/beverage and tourism businesses within the Mount Lofty Ranges World Heritage Bid region was undertaken to better understand current business drivers and future business outlook.

    • Economic Contribution of the Music Industry to South Australia, 2015/16 (2017)

      Client: Music Development Office, Department of State Development
      Summary: Adelaide has music at its cultural core, as recognised by its designation as a UNESCO City of Music since 2015. Each stage of the music supply chain is represented in South Australia, from writing, rehearsing, recording and mastering, through to publishing and performing. These activities are supported by instrument and equipment manufacturers, educators, retailers, repair and hire shops, artist services, broadcasters and media agencies and well as those focused on events – promoters, event technology services and nationally renowned music venues.
      The Music Development Office, Government of South Australia contracted EconSearch, to establish the economic contribution of the music industry to South Australia in the 2015/16 financial year. The study drew upon several sources of aggregate data to determine the size of the music industry on several dimensions such as number of venues licenced for music, number of attendances, ticket revenue, number of working musicians and royalty income of musicians. It collected data on the activities and relationships within the industry and linkages to the broader economy through a survey of consumers and businesses (1,369 respondents) and 27 interviews with key industry stakeholders. Results were reported in terms of employment and gross state product, including flow-on effects.
      To access the Music Development Office website and download a copy of the report click here.

    • Other Completed projects

      • Economic Scorecard for City of Mount Gambier and Comparative Regions for City of Mount Gambier (2017).
      • Economic Impact of Recreational Hunting in NSW for NSW Department of Primary Industries in collaboration with RMCG and DBM Consultants (2017).
      • Economic Analysis of the Leigh Creek Strategic Options for Department of State Development in collaboration with AECOM (2015).
      • Economic Impact Assessment of the SA Motorsport Park for Peregrine Corporation (2015).
      • Economic Analysis of the Murray Coorong Trail for Coorong District Council (2018).
      • Economic Impact Assessment of the SA Motorsport Park for Peregrine Corporation (2015).
      • Estimating the Economic Impact of Hunting in Victoria in 2013 for Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries in collaboration with RMCG and DBM Consultants (2014).
      • The Economic Impact of the 2010 Melbourne Fringe Festival (2011).
      • Economic Analysis of Adelaide Hills Tourism (2010).
      • Port Adelaide Town Centre Benchmarking Report (2009 - 2010).
      • Economic Contribution of Tourism and Agriculture to the Kangaroo Island Regional Economy (2009).
  • Health and Wellbeing

    • Economic Contribution of RFDS (2020)

      Client: Royal Flying Doctor Service
      Collaborators: BDO Queensland
      Summary:
      BDO was engaged by Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) to identify and estimate the economic contribution of its activities across Australia. We collaborated with BDO (Brisbane) to assist the RFDS in a bid for a grant application.
      The analysis used Regional Industry Structure and Employment (RISE) models for all Australian States and Territories, as well as one for Australia as a whole. The models provided estimates of the total economic contribution of RFDS’ regional airbase operations to each state and territory and the nation accordingly.

    • Economic Contribution of RFDS Queensland (2019)

      Client: Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Queensland
      Collaborators: BDO Brisbane
      Summary: This project presented and interpreted estimates of the total economic contribution of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Queensland’s operations to the Queensland economy, both at a regional and aggregate state level in 2018/19. The results presented in this project were used to inform a tender application by RFDS Qld regarding the state inter-hospital transfer service contract. Modelling carried out by BDO EconSearch utilised aggregate expenditures for each RFDS Queensland airbase, as well more details for expenditure by cost centre, project and general ledger items, as well as BDO EconSearch’s RISE (Regional Industry Structure & Employment) economic models of Queensland’s regional economies.

    • Cost Benefit Analysis of Gambling Help Services (2019)

      Client: Relationships Australia SA
      Summary: Relationships Australia SA (RASA) contracted BDO EconSearch to quantify the dollar value of (‘monetise’) the net benefit to SA of services provided by RASA through Gambling Help Services from 2011/12 to 2018/19. The Cost Benefit Analysis weighs the cost of delivering the program against the benefits generated by the program. The benefits are conceptualised for the purpose of this analysis as cost savings for program participants, their family and friends and the SA community from the participant reducing their consumption of gambling.

    • Economic Contribution of Disability Services to South Australia and it’s Regions (2018)

      Client: Department of State Development
      Summary: The Department of State Development commissioned BDO EconSearch to undertake an economic analysis of the NDIS in South Australia. Provision of disability services in SA was transitioning from a system where providers were funded directly from government to a system where people with disabilities receive the funding and use it to access services from providers of their choice. A doubling of demand for services was expected to result from the transition which, if met by local providers would result in local flow-on impacts. The aim of this study was to quantify the potential flow-on impacts as providers employed more workers, paid more wages and increased their own demand for goods and services from local suppliers. A desktop study was undertaken using existing data and a set of RISE (Regional Industry Structure & Employment) economic models developed by BDO EconSearch for SA and the twelve South Australian Government Regions.

  • Energy and Mining

    • Energy and Mining Satellite Accounts (2019)

      Client: Department of Energy and Mining
      Summary: BDO EconSearch were engaged to provide economic indicators that provide a benchmark of the Energy and Mining sector so that Government and industry could measure and monitor performance of the sector over time in terms of jobs generated and income created. The estimation of economic data describing the Energy and Mining sector involved preparation of satellite accounts which allow an expansion of the information provided in the state input-output (I-O) table. The Energy and Mining sector satellite account was developed to highlight the sector within the state I-O framework. The satellite account in the report provides a detailed picture of the many components of Energy and Mining and highlights significant contributors to the sector.

    • ElectraNet Interconnector (2019)

      Client: JBS&G
      Summary: As part of the Development Application submission for Project EnergyConnect, BDO EconSearch was contracted by JBS&G to complete a specialist socioeconomic impact assessment report for the construction of a 330 kV transmission line between Robertstown and the SA-NSW border as well as construction of a new substation approximately 14 km north-east of Robertstown. The main objective was to describe the socioeconomic environment in which the Project is set, identify and assess potential impacts, and propose mitigation measures. The information was presented for the purposes of conducting impact significance assessment and risk assessment required for the environmental impact statement.

    • Carriewerloo Substation to Prominent Hill Electricity Transmission Line Project - Socio-economic Baseline Assessment (Part 1) and Modelling and Assessment of Effects (Part 2) (2018)

      Client: OZ Minerals Carrapateena
      Summary: BDO EconSearch was engaged by OZ Minerals Ltd to undertake a socio-economic baseline assessment of the proposed Carriewerloo Substation to Prominent Hill Electricity Transmission Line Project in the Far North of SA.

      Following on from the baseline assessment, BDO EconSearch was engaged by OZ Minerals Ltd to undertake a socio-economic assessment of effects of the proposed Carriewerloo Substation to Prominent Hill Electricity Transmission Line Project in the Far North of SA.
    • Other Completed projects

      • Modelling efficiency; Detailed financial modelling of selected energy reduction actions for Adelaide City Council (2013).
      • Financial Analysis of the Almond Renewable Energy Project (2013).
      • Economic Impact Assessment: Central Queensland Coal Mine (2013).
      • Developing the Carbon Neutral Investment Model for Local Government Conference Paper (2011).
      • Economic Impact of Roaring 40s Wind Farms: Construction Phase (2011).
      • Carbon Neutral 2013 – emissions reduction pathways and investment modelling (2010).
  • Public Sector and Governance

    • Socio-Economic Profile of the Barossa Gawler Light Adelaide Plains Regional Development Australia Region (2020)

      Client: Regional Development Australia Barossa Gawler Light Adelaide Plains
      Summary: In 2020 BDO EconSearch was commissioned by Regional Development Australia Barossa Gawler Light Adelaide Plains (RDA BGLAP) to prepare a socio-economic profile of the RDA BGLAP region and selected sub regions. The Economic Profile of the region provides a statistical summary of key economic information for the region, including;

      • Economic Structure of the Regional Economy
      • The Contribution of the Wine Industry to the Regional Economy
      • The Contribution of the Agricultural and Food Manufacturing Industries to the Regional Economy
      • Demographic Profile
      • Labour Force Indicators
      • Education and Training
      • Income and Housing

      This report follows previous works prepared by EconSearch for RDA BGLAP; these being the socio-economic profile of the Barossa RDA in 2011 and its subsequent updates in 2013 and 2016.

    • SA RISE Model Update (2019)

      Client: Department of the Premier and Cabinet
      Summary: The South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) required an update of Regional Industry Structure and Employment (RISE) models, input-output (IO) based models that were originally developed for the Department of Trade and Economic Development by BDO EconSearch in 2009. The outcome of the project was that DPC has up-to-date software and data package which it can easily use to rapidly model the local impacts of specific changes in South Australia’s industries. RISE models were prepared for South Australia and each of the 12 State Government regions.

    • Economic Analysis of Goolwa Wharf Precinct Project (2019)

      Client: Alexandrina Council
      Summary: BDO EconSearch was commissioned by Alexandrina Council to demonstrate the economic benefits attributable to redevelopment of the Goolwa Wharf Precinct for an application for the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF). Of the four BBRF assessment criteria BDO EconSearch were asked to contribute to the BBRF Merit Criterion 1: Economic Benefit. Two economic methods were utilised to provide the necessary outputs required for the application. Extended input-output (I-O) analysis was employed for estimation of regional economic impacts. Cost benefit analysis (CBA) was used to determine the efficient allocation of resources.

    • Economic Analysis of Sturt Reserve Redevelopment (2019)

      Client: Rural City of Murray Bridge
      Summary: BDO EconSearch was commissioned by the Rural City of Murray Bridge to demonstrate the economic benefits attributable to redevelopment of the Murray River Tourism, History and Cultural Precinct for an application for the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF). Of the four BBRF assessment criteria BDO EconSearch were asked to contribute to the BBRF Merit Criterion 1: Economic Benefit. Two economic methods were utilised to provide the necessary outputs required for the application. Extended input-output analysis was employed for estimation of regional economic impacts. Cost benefit analysis was used to determine the efficient allocation of resources.

    • Other Completed projects

      • Quantify Potential Benefits of the Circular Economy to South Australia for the Office of Green Industries SA in collaboration with Lifecycle Strategies, Colby Industries and the University of Queensland (2017).
      • Socio-Economic Profile of the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu & KI RDA Region for Regional Development Australia: Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu & KI (2017).
      • Economic Scorecard for City of Mount Gambier and Comparative Regions for City of Mount Gambier (2017).
      • Regional Community Adaptive Capacity Index for Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) (2016).
      • Estimates of Small Business Data for South Australia and Regions, 2012/13 for Department of State Development (2015).
      • Economic Analysis of the Leigh Creek Strategic Options for Department of State Development in collaboration with AECOM (2015).
      • Input-Output Tables for South Australia and its Regions 2011/12 Update (2013).
      • Economic Impact Projections for UNESCO World Heritage Site listing of the Mount Lofty Ranges Agrarian Landscape (2012).
      • Socio-Economic Profile of the Adelaide Hills Fleurieu KI RDA Region (2011).
      • Economic Impact of the 2010/11 South Australian Budget Employment Cuts (2010).
      • Community Economic Analysis (2009).
      • Economic Profile of the River Murray Region of South Australia (2009).
      • Economic and Environmental Indicators for SA and its Regions (2009).
      • Economic and Environmental Indicators for South Australia and its Regions (2009).
      • Economic and Environmental Indicators for South Australia and its Regions: Conference Presentation (2009).
      • Economic Analysis of Research Vessel Replacement (2009).
  • Service

  • Policy review

    • Costs and Benefits of Stormwater Management Options for Minor Infill Development in the Planning and Design Code (2020)

      Client: Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
      Collaborators: Tonkin Engineering
      Summary: BDO EconSearch and Tonkin Engineering were commissioned by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Department for Environment and Water, Department of Treasury and Finance, and SA Health to analyse the cost-effectiveness of the proposed Planning and Design Code policies for minor infill, in relation to:

      • Tree canopy cover and the ‘One Tree Policy’
      • Stormwater management and rainwater tanks

      This report was intended to inform decision-making on the cost-effectiveness of proposed Code policy. It aims to improve understanding of all the upfront and long-term costs and benefits of the proposed policies to the individual household and the Greater Adelaide community, and ensure they can be weighed up objectively.
      The project involved identifying the costs and benefits of different stormwater management options and the best ways to increase urban tree canopy cover for residential areas in metropolitan Adelaide, with a particular focus on the role of the Planning and Design Code.

    • Economic Analysis of Road Closures during the Adelaide Fringe Festival (2019)

      Client: Hudson Howells
      Funder: The City of Adelaide
      Summary: BDO EconSearch were engaged to undertake an economic analysis of the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival Rundle Street closures. The purpose of this report was to provide an update of the economic analysis of the street closures for the 2019 Fringe Festival. A survey of East End Traders was undertaken by Hudson Howells in 2019 which provided data that were used in the cost benefit and economic impact analysis. A key objective of this study was to undertake a cost benefit analysis (CBA) to determine the net benefit of the City of Adelaide (CoA) support of the road closures during the Fringe Festival on East End Traders. Two economic methods were utilised to assess the CoA’s support of street closures during the Fringe Festival. Firstly, CBA was used to determine the efficient allocation of resources. Secondly, extended input-output (I-O) analysis was employed for estimation of economic impacts.

    • Valuation of Licences in the Marine Scalefish Fishery (2019)

      Client: PIRSA
      Summary: BDO EconSearch was engaged by PIRSA to review alternative methods to value a South Australian commercial fishing licence and, using the most suitable method and information required, estimate the value of alternative licence categories in the SA MSF. BDO EconSearch also estimated the minimum and maximum values of alternative licence categories. A discounted cash flow valuation method is used.

    • Regional Economic Analysis of SARMS 3IP (2019)

      Client: PIRSA
      Summary: BDO EconSearch was contracted by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) to prepare a regional economic impact analysis of the South Australian River Murray Sustainability (SARMS) Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (SARMS 3IP). This followed a test of the original Business Case economic modelling methodology undertaken by BDO EconSearch and an interim regional economic analysis of SARMS 3IP. The analyses undertaken for this study incorporated data sourced from the application, deed and monitoring data collected via reporting tools. The analyses supplement and update the initial cost benefit analysis (CBA) and regional impact analysis that were originally run on the intended activities of ten hypothetical scenarios. Two economic methods were utilised to provide the necessary outputs required for the economic assessment. Firstly, CBA was used to determine the efficient allocation of resources. Secondly, extended input-output analysis was employed for estimation of economic impacts.

    • Economic Analysis of the Marine Scalefish Fishery Buyout (2019)

      Client: PIRSA
      Summary: PIRSA contracted BDO EconSearch to prepare an economic analysis of the Government of SA’s buyout commitment for the restructuring of the SA Marine Scalefish Fishery. The analysis addressed whether the investment option is an efficient use of government resources and the expected economic impact on the state economy. The analysis compared two options against the base case. An investment option included investing in buying out approximately 50 per cent of MSF licences and introducing individual transfer quotas for key species. An input control option included fisheries managers continuing to use input controls to manage the sustainability of the fishery. The base case was envisaged as the continuation of current conditions, with the MSF becoming unsustainable in the near future. A key objective of this project was to undertake a modified cost benefit analysis to determine the incremental net economic return of the two management options. Economic impact analysis was undertaken using the BDO EconSearch RISE model of South Australia in 2017/18.

    • Other completed projects. Contact us for more information.

      • Water Planning Economic Analysis Framework Guidelines for South Australian Murray-Darling Basin NRM Board (2016).
      • NRM Levy Income: Update of Social and Economic Impacts for SA Murray Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board (2015).
      • Social Impact Analysis for the Northern and Yorke NRM Levy (2008-2010).
      • Social and Economic Impact Assessment Report for the 2010/11 South East NRM Levy Proposal (2009).
      • NRM Levy Rate Equalisation for Local Governments in the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges NRM Board region (2009).
      • Independent Review of the Effectiveness of the Additional $1.50 Beef Marketing Levy (2009).
      • Natural Resource Management Levy Assessments (2007-2008).
      • Climate Change, Drought and Australian Agriculture: Measuring the Impact on Regions (2008).
  • Project and program evaluation

    • Heritage Grants Program Evaluation (2019)

      Client: University of South Australia
      Funder: Department for Environment and Water
      Summary: The University of South Australia engaged BDO EconSearch to provide consultancy services to the project "Heritage Grants Schemes — cost benefit analysis" funded by the Department for Environment and Water (DEW). The purpose of this study was to undertake a cost benefit analysis of the South Australian Heritage Fund grant program. Analysis was undertaken of the grant program over a five-year period. Case study analysis was undertaken on a broadly representative sample of grantees, and the results from these individual case studies was aggregated to the Program as a whole. The evaluation contributed towards informing DEW of the value of the grant program and opportunities for optimisation of the new Heritage Grant Program, in terms of the types and amounts of grants given.

    • Cost Benefit Analysis of Gambling Help Services (2019)

      Client: Relationships Australia SA
      Summary: Relationships Australia SA (RASA) contracted BDO EconSearch to quantify the dollar value of (‘monetise’) the net benefit to SA of services provided by RASA through Gambling Help Services from 2011/12 to 2018/19. The Cost Benefit Analysis weighs the cost of delivering the program against the benefits generated by the program. The benefits are conceptualised for the purpose of this analysis as cost savings for program participants, their family and friends and the SA community from the participant reducing their consumption of gambling.

    • Economic Analysis of Goolwa Wharf Precinct Project (2019)

      Client: Alexandrina Council
      Summary: BDO EconSearch was commissioned by Alexandrina Council to demonstrate the economic benefits attributable to redevelopment of the Goolwa Wharf Precinct for an application for the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF). Of the four BBRF assessment criteria BDO EconSearch were asked to contribute to the BBRF Merit Criterion 1: Economic Benefit. Two economic methods were utilised to provide the necessary outputs required for the application. Extended input-output (I-O) analysis was employed for estimation of regional economic impacts. Cost benefit analysis (CBA) was used to determine the efficient allocation of resources.

    • Economic Analysis of Sturt Reserve Redevelopment (2019)

      Client: Rural City of Murray Bridge
      Summary: BDO EconSearch was commissioned by the Rural City of Murray Bridge to demonstrate the economic benefits attributable to redevelopment of the Murray River Tourism, History and Cultural Precinct for an application for the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF). Of the four BBRF assessment criteria BDO EconSearch were asked to contribute to the BBRF Merit Criterion 1: Economic Benefit. Two economic methods were utilised to provide the necessary outputs required for the application. Extended input-output analysis was employed for estimation of regional economic impacts. Cost benefit analysis was used to determine the efficient allocation of resources.

    • Economic Analysis of Remarkable Southern Flinders Projects (2019)

      Client: Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife and RDA Yorke and Mid-North
      Summary: BDO EconSearch was commissioned by the RDA Yorke and Mid North to demonstrate the economic benefits attributable to a number of projects for an application for the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF). The projects were intended to boost tourism and the economy and redevelop the landscape following the Bangor (2014) and Bundaleer (2013) forestry fires. Of the four BBRF assessment criteria BDO EconSearch were asked to contribute to the BBRF Merit Criterion 1: Economic Benefit. Two economic methods were utilised to provide the necessary outputs required for the application. Extended input-output analysis was employed for estimation of regional economic impacts. Cost benefit analysis was used to determine the efficient allocation of resources.

    • Carriewerloo Substation to Prominent Hill Electricity Transmission Line Project - Socio-economic Baseline Assessment (Part 1) and Modelling and Assessment of Effects (Part 2) (2018)

      Client: OZ Minerals Carrapateena
      Summary: BDO EconSearch was engaged by OZ Minerals Ltd to undertake a socio-economic baseline assessment of the proposed Carriewerloo Substation to Prominent Hill Electricity Transmission Line Project in the Far North of SA.
      Following on from the baseline assessment, BDO EconSearch was engaged by OZ Minerals Ltd to undertake a socio-economic assessment of effects of the proposed Carriewerloo Substation to Prominent Hill Electricity Transmission Line Project in the Far North of SA.

    • Cost Benefit Analysis of Grains Industry Farm Business Strategic Review (2017)

      Client: Rural Business Support
      Summary: Rural Business Support (RBS) engaged BDO EconSearch to carry out an independent evaluation of the Farm Business Strategic Review (FBSR) including a cost benefit analysis of quantifiable and unquantifiable benefits and an assessment of behavioural and confidence changes in participants. The FBSR included a review of each family farm’s position, a comparison to the wider industry and financial analysis of options for improving the family’s position. The purpose of the cost benefit analysis is to estimate the net benefit of the FBSR, including quantified and unquantified benefits. Pre and post-program surveys of participating grain farming families were carried out to capture descriptive information about the farms and farming families, current behaviours relating to business planning and expectations for the future. This pair of surveys allowed a comparison to be made between the expectations of the families before participating in the FBSR (Base Case) and after participating (FBSR Case).

    • Other completed projects. Contact us for more information.

      • Economic Analysis of the Murray Coorong Trail for Coorong District Council (2018).
      • Economic Analysis of Rewilding Yorke Peninsula for Yorke Peninsula Tourism (2018).
      • Economic Analysis of the Proposed South East Flows Restoration Augmentation Project for Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (2018).
      • Environmental Tracer and Noble Gas Laboratory Business Case for CSIRO Land and Water Flagship (2016).
      • Evaluating the netting of apple orchards in the Adelaide Hills with the development of a business case tool for growers for Apple and Pear Growers Association of South Australia Inc in collaboration with Natural Logic (Australia) Pty Ltd (2015).
      • Rural Financial Counselling Service Cost Benefit Analysis for Rural Business Support (2015).
      • Economic Assessment of the Spencer Gulf Ecosystem & Development Initiative Phase II Proposal for Environment Institute (2015). To download a copy of the report click here
      • Economic and Financial Analysis of the Patawalonga Investment Strategy for SA Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) (2015).
      • Evaluating the Performance of the Zero Waste SA Industry Program for Zero Waste SA (2014).
      • Economic Analysis of Eutypa Dieback in Coonawarra for Coonawarra Grapegrowers Association (2014).
      • Economic Analysis of Non-destructive Eradication of Perennial Crop Diseases for SARDI (2014).
      • Economic Aspects of the Zero Waste SA Strategy Review for Zero Waste SA in collaboration with Resources and Waste Advisory Group and RawTec (2014). To download a copy of the report click here.
      • Oyster Basket Recycling Feasibility Study (2013).
      • Business Case for Sediment Management at the Patawalonga Lake System (2013).
      • Economic Assessment of the Rapid Identification (RapID) Australia Proposal (2013).
      • South Australian River Murray Improvements Program (SARMIP) Cost Benefit Analysis (2013).
      • Modelling efficiency; Detailed financial modelling of selected energy reduction actions for Adelaide City Council (2013).
      • Financial Analysis of the Almond Renewable Energy Project (2013).
      • On-Board Electronic Data Capture System (Deckhand) Cost Benefit Analysis (2012).
      • Economic and Financial Analysis of the Orroroo Stormwater Reuse Project (2011).
      • Economic and Financial Analysis of the Laura Stormwater Reuse Project (2011).
      • Economic Evaluation of the Brisbane Cross River Rail Project (2011).
      • Business Plan for the Naracoorte Regional Livestock Exchange (2011).
      • Economic and Financial Analysis of the Happy Valley WTP Chlorination Facility Upgrade (2010).
      • Economic Evaluation of the Branched Broomrape Eradication Program (2010).
      • Economic and Financial Analysis of the Port Augusta Stormwater Reuse Project (2010).
      • Economic Analysis of Adelaide Airport Stormwater Reuse Project (2009).
      • Economic and Financial Analysis of the Barker Inlet Stormwater Reuse Project (2009).
      • Economic Analysis of the Proposed Glen Villa Salt Interception Scheme (2009).
      • Economic Analysis of Research Vessel Replacement (2009).

       

  • Economic modelling

    • National Fisheries and Aquaculture Industry Contributions Study (FRDC project 2017-210) (2020)

      Client: University of Tasmania
      Funder: Fisheries Research and Development Corporation
      Summary: The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation on behalf of the Australian Government funded the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Industry Contributions Study to produce evidence of industry’s contributions. As part of this project, BDO EconSearch was commissioned to provide an estimate of the economic contribution of Australia’s fisheries and aquaculture industries to the Australian community that is aimed at helping industry tell the story of its contribution. BDO also produced various materials that supported the project team in building capacity and a nationally consistent framework to support further studies. The project estimated the contribution to the Australian (i.e. national) economy of total commercial fisheries and aquaculture activity using standard measures of economic contribution. It also estimated the contribution to each State/Territory's economy of commercial fisheries and aquaculture and finally, it developed a robust and nationally consistent framework to support data collection and estimation of contributions (and, potentially, impact) in the future.
      Report: Click here to access the FRDC website and the reports.

    • Economic and Social Indicators for the Commercial Fisheries of South Australia (1998 – 2020)

      Client: PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture
      Summary: To meet PIRSA’s legislative requirements under the Fisheries Act 2007, BDO EconSearch has developed annual economic indicators to track the performance of the commercial fisheries in South Australia. For each fishery, the indicators reported annually include the gross value of production, cost of management, financial performance (indicators including profit at full equity, cash operating surplus, return on investment, etc), determination of major cost increases, regional economic impacts and economic rent. The annual series of economic indicators has been prepared for Northern and Southern Zone Rock Lobster, Abalone, Charter Boats, Marine Scale, Blue Crab, Lakes and Coorong and Sardine fisheries.
      Reports:
      Economic Indicators for the South Australian Abalone Fishery, 2017/18
      Economic Indicators for the South Australian Blue Crab Fishery, 2017/18
      Economic Indicators for the South Australian Charter Boat Fishery, 2017/18
      Economic Indicators for the Gulf St Vincent Prawn Fishery, 2017/18
      Economic Indicators for the Lakes and Coorong Fishery, 2017/18
      Economic Indicators for the South Australian Marine Scalefish Fishery, 2017/18
      Economic Indicators for the South Australian Northern Zone Rock Lobster Fishery, 2017/18
      Economic Indicators for the South Australia Sardine Fishery, 2017/18
      Economic Indicators for the South Australian Spencer Gulf Prawn Fishery, 2017/18
      Economic Indicators for the South Australian Southern Zone Rock Lobster Fishery, 2017/18
      Economic Indicators for the Commercial Fisheries of South Australia Summary Report, 2017/18

    • The Economic Impact of Aquaculture on the South Australian State and Regional Economies (1998 to 2020)

      Client: PIRSA Aquaculture
      Summary: Estimates of Gross Value of Production (GVP) are provided for each of South Australia's major aquaculture sectors: tuna, oysters, abalone, mussels, barramundi, yabby/marron farming and other aquaculture enterprises. Estimates of economic impact by aquaculture sector are also provided at the state and regional (Eyre Peninsula and balance of South Australia) levels. Economic impacts are expressed in terms of jobs, gross regional product and household income.
      Report: Click here to access the PIRSA Aquaculture website and the reports.
      Alternatively, to access the PIRSA website for more information on each fishery click here.

    • Economic Value of Heritage to South Australia (2020)

      Client: Department of Environment and Water
      Collaborators: Action Market Research and Hudson Howells
      Summary:
      Heritage SA commissioned BDO EconSearch, in collaboration with Action Market Research and Hudson Howells, to develop a research plan to determine the economic value and contribution of heritage to South Australia. The aim of this research plan and framework was to provide a structured way forward for understanding the economic values and contributions of heritage to South Australia, including recommendations for the types of studies that would be appropriate for answering a set of research questions as set out by Heritage SA.
      Concurrently, Heritage SA commissioned BDO EconSearch to undertake an analysis of the economic contribution of heritage restoration involving State and Local Government investment through 3 major grant programs to the South Australian economy in terms of Gross State Product and employment for the 2019/20 financial year.

    • Economic Contribution of RFDS (2020)

      Client: Royal Flying Doctor Service
      Collaborators: BDO Queensland
      Summary:
      BDO was engaged by Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) to identify and estimate the economic contribution of its activities across Australia. We collaborated with BDO (Brisbane) to assist the RFDS in a bid for a grant application.
      The analysis used Regional Industry Structure and Employment (RISE) models for all Australian States and Territories, as well as one for Australia as a whole. The models provided estimates of the total economic contribution of RFDS’ regional airbase operations to each state and territory and the nation accordingly.

    • Energy and Mining Satellite Accounts (2019)

      Client: Department of Energy and Mining
      Summary: BDO EconSearch were engaged to provide economic indicators that provide a benchmark of the Energy and Mining sector so that Government and industry could measure and monitor performance of the sector over time in terms of jobs generated and income created. The estimation of economic data describing the Energy and Mining sector involved preparation of satellite accounts which allow an expansion of the information provided in the state input-output (I-O) table. The Energy and Mining sector satellite account was developed to highlight the sector within the state I-O framework. The satellite account in the report provides a detailed picture of the many components of Energy and Mining and highlights significant contributors to the sector.

    • Peer review of an economic impact of the thoroughbred industry (2019)

      Client: RMCG
      Summary: AgriFutures commissioned RMCG and BDO EconSearch to review an economic impact assessment of the Australian thoroughbred breeding industry. The assessment was conducted by consulting firm IER. RMCG and BDO reviewed the scope of the assessment, the economic impact assessment method, the sources of information used, the individuals and organisations consulted, the clarity of description of the approach and the outcomes and the feasibility of updating the study in future years.

    • Economic Impact of the Bird in Hand Gold Mine on South Australia and Regions: Peer Review (2019)

      Client: Bird in Hand Winery
      Summary: Bird in Hand Winery commissioned BDO EconSearch to review an economic impact assessment of the proposed Bird in Hand Gold Mine development. The impact assessment was conducted by consulting firm Economic Research Consultants. BDO EconSearch reviewed the modelling approach employed, the economic model used, the reasonableness of scenarios modelled, the validity of assumptions used in the modelling, the quality of the data used in the modelling, the reliability of the results, the interpretation of the results and other considerations.

    • ElectraNet Interconnector (2019)

      Client: JBS&G
      Summary: As part of the Development Application submission for Project EnergyConnect, BDO EconSearch was contracted by JBS&G to complete a specialist socioeconomic impact assessment report for the construction of a 330 kV transmission line between Robertstown and the SA-NSW border as well as construction of a new substation approximately 14 km north-east of Robertstown. The main objective was to describe the socioeconomic environment in which the Project is set, identify and assess potential impacts, and propose mitigation measures. The information was presented for the purposes of conducting impact significance assessment and risk assessment required for the environmental impact statement.

    • Economic Assessment of Dairy Farms Transition in the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District (GMID) (2019)

      Client: Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR)
      Summary: The purpose of this study was to undertake an economic assessment of the implications of dairy farmers transitioning out of the industry in the GMID in 2019/20 as a result of prevailing high costs of irrigation water, high feed costs, high levels of debt from the 2016 milk price down-turn and other factors. The scope of the analysis included: the impact of dairy farms transitioning out of dairy farming under a range of scenarios; with estimates of economic impact described for the GMID region and for the state in aggregate; and with impacts described separately resulting from reduced production in dairy farming and the response by processors to reduced milk volume. The analysis examines the economy-wide impact of three scenarios, for Northern Victoria and state-wide. The three scenarios each describe change in the dairy sector between June 2018 and June 2020, compared to a ‘Counterfactual’ projection.

    • Economic Contribution to the City from Workers in the New West End Facilities (2019)

      Client: Hudson Howells
      Funder: The City of Adelaide
      Summary: The objective of this study was to estimate the economic contribution related to investment in the City’s West End, in particular the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, New Royal Adelaide Hospital, University of South Australia and Adelaide University facilities. The study estimated where employees at each of these facilities spend their money and how much they spend. This information was analysed to estimate the contribution this expenditure is making to the City’s economy. The economic contribution was estimated using the RISE (Regional Industry Structure & Employment) model, an extension of the conventional input-output method.

    • Economic Contribution of RFDS Queensland (2019)

      Client: Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Queensland
      Collaborators: BDO Brisbane
      Summary: This project presented and interpreted estimates of the total economic contribution of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Queensland’s operations to the Queensland economy, both at a regional and aggregate state level in 2018/19. The results presented in this project were used to inform a tender application by RFDS Qld regarding the state inter-hospital transfer service contract. Modelling carried out by BDO EconSearch utilised aggregate expenditures for each RFDS Queensland airbase, as well more details for expenditure by cost centre, project and general ledger items, as well as BDO EconSearch’s RISE (Regional Industry Structure & Employment) economic models of Queensland’s regional economies.

    • Victorian State Forests Economic Modelling (2019)

      Client: Quantum Market Research
      Summary: This project presents and interprets estimates of the total economic contribution of Victorian State Forests to the Victorian economy, for the six month period, February to July 2019. The modelling basis for the estimations (the input-output based RISE) and the ratios (multipliers) that are implicit in the modelling process. The analysis used data from a survey of visitors provided by Quantum Market Research and modelling carried out by BDO EconSearch utilising detailed expenditure data from the ABS Australian National Accounts: Tourism Satellite Account, as well as the RISE (Regional Industry Structure & Employment) model of Victoria.

    • Cairns Airfreight Economic Impact Analysis (2019)

      Summary: BDO EconSearch provided estimates of the economic impact of the cessation of Cathay Pacific airfreight services between Cairns and Hong Kong, due to impacts on the exports of live crayfish, coral trout, aquarium fish and coral, and fresh mangoes affecting the economies of North Queensland (Cairns) and the State of Queensland. These estimates included the impact of a reduction in realised wholesale product value due to an increase in rejection rates for live crayfish and coral trout, the impact of an increase in short-term freight costs to redirect exports out of Sydney and the impacts of reductions in live crayfish and coral trout production should exporter gross margins ultimately result in reductions in production equivalent to current export values. Modelling carried out by BDO EconSearch utilised estimates of current export volume and value of crayfish, coral trout, aquarium fish and coral, and mangoes provided by the Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games (the Department) to BDO Brisbane, as well as BDO EconSearch’s RISE (Regional Industry Structure & Employment) economic models of the economies of Far North Queensland and the State of Queensland.

    • Economic Impact of the Australian Antarctic Division’s Davis Antarctic Year-Round Aerodrome Project on Tasmania (2019)

      Client: AECOM
      Summary: BDO EconSearch carried out an economic impact analysis of a project proposed by the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) to enable year-round access to Antarctica. The proposed project involved development of the Davis Antarctic Year-Round Aerodrome (Davis aerodrome) near Davis research station, including a new runway and associated infrastructure. The economic impact analysis of the project was carried out using the BDO EconSearch extended I-O model known as “RISE” (Regional Industry Structure & Employment). The model is based on conventional I-O analysis and is extended to capture the movement of population and the unemployment benefits lost from household income when jobs are created.

    • Economic Contribution of the Bird in Hand Winery (2019)

      Client: Bird in Hand Winery
      Summary: The Bird in Hand Winery commissioned BDO EconSearch to estimate the economic contribution (gross regional product/gross state product, household income and jobs) of Bird In Hand Winery’s grape growing, wine making, cellar door, functions, events, retail and other related activity. The specific aim was to demonstrate the link between the current and future operations of the business and the economic contribution it makes to the Adelaide Hills and South Australian economies. The estimates of regional and state economic contribution presented in the analysis were prepared using Regional Industry Structure and Employment (RISE) models for the Adelaide Hills region and for South Australia, constructed by BDO EconSearch.

    • Economic Contribution of the Petaluma Winery (2019)

      Client: Accolade Wines
      Summary: The Petaluma Winery commissioned BDO EconSearch to estimate the economic contribution (gross regional product/gross state product, household income and jobs) of Petaluma Winery’s grape growing, wine making, cellar door and other related activity. The specific aim was to demonstrate the link between the current and future operations of the business and the economic contribution it makes to the Adelaide Hills and South Australian economies. The estimates of regional and state economic contribution presented in the analysis were prepared using Regional Industry Structure and Employment (RISE) models for the Adelaide Hills region and for South Australia, constructed by BDO EconSearch.

    • Economic and Social Impacts of Recreational Hunting and Shooting (2019)

      Client: RMCG
      Funder: Commonwealth Department of Health
      Summary: The study was commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Health and was undertaken by RMCG, BDO EconSearch, JS Consulting and Bartley Consulting. Primary data was collected through a survey to gain a detailed profile of hunters’ and shooters’ expenditure and supplementary information on health and wellbeing, physical exercise and social interactions of hunters and shooters. The study estimated the gross economic contribution of recreational hunting and sport shooting in Australia, the net economic contribution, of recreational hunting and sport shooting in Australia and explored the impact of recreational hunting and sport shooting activity on health and wellbeing of hunters and sport shooters. The estimates of economic contribution presented in the report were generated by an extension of the conventional input-output method known as the RISE model (Regional Industry Structure and Employment) developed by BDO EconSearch.

    • Port of Melbourne Economic Impact Dashboard (2018)

      Client: Port of Melbourne Corporation
      Collaborator: GHD
      Summary: The Port of Melbourne commissioned BDO EconSearch to create a dashboard that presented the results of an economic contribution study on the Port of Melbourne in the 2017/18 financial year carried out by BDO EconSearch with assistance from GHD in 2018. The dashboard was produced using data collected from a survey of Port of Melbourne users, service providers and other organisations that interact with the port was carried out in November 2018. The survey collected data on cargo movements through the port and the associated employment, revenue and expenditure. Results from the analysis were provided to Port of Melbourne in two ways. Firstly, a dashboard was constructed to present the database visually with a focus on sector disaggregation and regional distribution (using ABS spatial data files) of economic impact. The full results were also provided as a set of tables.

    • Economic Analysis of Rewilding Yorke Peninsula (2018)

      Client: Yorke Peninsula Tourism
      Summary: Yorke Peninsula Tourism, on behalf of , a consortium of nine environmental NGOs, local councils and community groups, engaged BDO EconSearch to develop an economic analysis of components of the Rewilding Yorke Peninsula initiative. While the intent of the initiative is to derive tangible conservation outcomes for natural assets, there are many beneficial flow-on effects, particularly for agricultural productivity, tourism and regional economies. BDO EconSearch undertook a social cost benefit analysis of the Rewilding Yorke Peninsula project and a regional economic impact analysis of the project in terms of (i) project implementation and ongoing management and, (ii) tourism as a result of the Rewilding Yorke Peninsula project. Two economic methods were utilised to provide the necessary outputs required for funding applications. Firstly, cost benefit analysis was used to determine the efficient allocation of resources. Secondly, extended input-output analysis was employed for estimation of regional economic impacts.

    • Economic Value of Chicken Industry (2018)

      Client: RMCG
      Funder: AgriFutures Australia
      Summary: AgriFutures Australia engaged RMCG and BDO EconSearch to estimate the economic value of the chicken meat industry at a regional, state and national level. The research team collected primary data from farmers and processors to understand detailed expenditure and production patterns across the industry. The primary data were scaled up to industry level with secondary data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and industry estimates. Expenditure estimates were converted into estimates of economic contribution using an input-output model. The findings from the project better inform industry and policymakers on the significant economic contribution of the chicken meat industry at regional, state and national scales.

    • Economic Contribution of Disability Services to South Australia and it’s Regions (2018)

      Client: Department of State Development
      Summary: The Department of State Development commissioned BDO EconSearch to undertake an economic analysis of the NDIS in South Australia. Provision of disability services in SA was transitioning from a system where providers were funded directly from government to a system where people with disabilities receive the funding and use it to access services from providers of their choice. A doubling of demand for services was expected to result from the transition which, if met by local providers would result in local flow-on impacts. The aim of this study was to quantify the potential flow-on impacts as providers employed more workers, paid more wages and increased their own demand for goods and services from local suppliers. A desktop study was undertaken using existing data and a set of RISE (Regional Industry Structure & Employment) economic models developed by BDO EconSearch for SA and the twelve South Australian Government Regions.

    • Economic Impact of the Port of Newcastle (2018)

      Client: Port of Newcastle
      Summary: The Port of Newcastle is the world’s largest coal export port and is the third largest port in Australia. The port is the key feature of New South Wales’s second largest city, Newcastle. The port is located at the mouth of the Hunter River 162 kilometres north-north east of Sydney. The Port of Newcastle handled approximately 170.4 million tonnes of cargo in 2016/17 with a trade value of approximately $23 billion. 
      Port of Newcastle commissioned BDO EconSearch to prepare an economic impact report to illustrate the Port’s importance to the regional, state and national economies. Specifically, Port of Newcastle sought a study to measure the value of current Port activity to the Hunter region, New South Wales and Australian economies, including jobs that are supported by the Port in each region.

    • Port of Geelong Economic Impact Study 2016/17 (2017)

      Client: Victorian Regional Channels Authority
      Summary: The Victorian Regional Channels Authority commissioned BDO EconSearch to undertake an economic impact study of the Port of Geelong. Port economic impact studies can contribute to a balanced assessment of the role of ports and to informed consideration of issues such as port planning. The study aimed to measure the economic impact of port-related activity at the regional and state levels. The estimates of port impact cover the direct effects of the port and the subsequent flow-on effects to other sectors of the regional and state economies. The analysis was based on shipping, cargo and financial data for 2016/17 and survey data collected for an earlier study conducted for 2014/15. Input-output models for the Barwon region and Victoria were used to calculate the flow-on effects to other industry sectors.

    • Economic Contribution of the Music Industry to South Australia, 2015/16 (2017)

      Client: Music Development Office, Department of State Development
      Summary: Adelaide has music at its cultural core, as recognised by its designation as a UNESCO City of Music since 2015. Each stage of the music supply chain is represented in South Australia, from writing, rehearsing, recording and mastering, through to publishing and performing. These activities are supported by instrument and equipment manufacturers, educators, retailers, repair and hire shops, artist services, broadcasters and media agencies and well as those focused on events – promoters, event technology services and nationally renowned music venues.
      The Music Development Office, Government of South Australia contracted EconSearch, to establish the economic contribution of the music industry to South Australia in the 2015/16 financial year. The study drew upon several sources of aggregate data to determine the size of the music industry on several dimensions such as number of venues licenced for music, number of attendances, ticket revenue, number of working musicians and royalty income of musicians. It collected data on the activities and relationships within the industry and linkages to the broader economy through a survey of consumers and businesses (1,369 respondents) and 27 interviews with key industry stakeholders. Results were reported in terms of employment and gross state product, including flow-on effects.

    • Economic Impact of the Smith Bay Wharf (2017)

      Client: Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers
      Summary: Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers (KIPT) is proposing to construct a deep-water wharf at Smith Bay. EconSearch provided KIPT a socio-economic profile of the KI region and an economic impact analysis of the proposal. The estimates of economic impact were based on the input-output (I-O) method for the construction and operating phases. A sensitivity analysis was also provided by relaxing the fixed price assumptions of the standard I-O methodology.

    • Other completed projects. Contact us for more information.

      • Economic Impact of Recreational Hunting in NSW for NSW Department of Primary Industries in collaboration with RMCG and DBM Consultants (2017). To access the NSW DPI website and download a copy of the report click here.
      • Lakes and Coorong Pipi Fishery Gross Margin Model: 2017/18 for Primary Industries and Resources South Australia (2012 - 2017).
      • Quantify Potential Benefits of the Circular Economy to South Australia for the Office of Green Industries SA in collaboration with Lifecycle Strategies, Colby Industries and the University of Queensland (2017). To visit the website for more information or to download a copy of the reports click here.
      • Economic Impact of the Port of Geelong for Victorian Regional Channels Authority (2015). To access the Victorian Regional Channels Authority website and the report click here.
      • Economic Impact Assessment of the SA Motorsport Park for Peregrine Corporation (2015).
      • Estimates of Small Business Data for South Australia and Regions, 2012/13 for Department of State Development (2015).
      • Cost of Fishing Regulation in Commonwealth Fisheries for Australian Fisheries Management Authority (2015).
      • Regional Economic Impact of the Snapper Spawning Spatial Closure 2013-2014 for Primary Industries and Resources South Australia Fisheries & Aquaculture (2014).
      • Economic Impact of Zoning in SA Marine Parks on Commercial Fishing for Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (2014).
      • Estimating the Economic Impact of Hunting in Victoria in 2013 for Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries in collaboration with RMCG and DBM Consultants (2014). To access the DEPI website and download a copy of the report click here.
      • Economic Value of Commercial Fishing Operating out of Lakes Entrance (Port of Gippsland Lakes) for Gippsland Ports with Roberts Evaluation (2014). To access the Gippsland Port Website and download a copy of the report click here.
      • Input-Output Tables for South Australia and its Regions 2011/12 Update (2013).
      • Bioeconomic decision support tools for Southern Abalone (2013). 
      • Economic Assessment of Land Use Opportunities in the Lower Murray Flood Plain (2013). 
      • Economic Impact Assessment: River Murray Infrastructure upgrade (2013). 
      • Economic Impact Assessment: Central Queensland Coal Mine (2013). 
      • Regional Economic & Social Impact of Snapper Spawning Spatial Closure Options 2012-2013 (2013). 
      • Bioeconomic decision support tools for Southern Rock Lobster (2012). 
      • Lakes and Coorong Pipi Fishery Gross Margin Model Development (2012).
      • Economic Impact Projections for UNESCO World Heritage Site listing of the Mount Lofty Ranges Agrarian Landscape (2012).
      • Economic Impact Assessment of the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project on the Economies of Mackay and Queensland (2012).
      • Developing the Carbon Neutral Investment Model for Local Government Conference Paper (2011).
      • Economic Impact of the Southern Expressway Duplication Project on the Economies of Southern Adelaide, Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo Island and South Australia (2011).
      • Scenario Planning for an Innovative Response to the Water Challenge in the Murray Riverina Region (2011).
      • Economic Impact of the Moreton Bay Rail Link Project on the Economies of South-East Queensland and Queensland (2011).
      • The Economic Impact of the 2010 Melbourne Fringe Festival (2011).
      • Economic Evaluation of the Brisbane Cross River Rail Project (2011).
      • Economic Impact of Roaring 40s Wind Farms: Construction Phase (2011).
      • Clare Valley Water Security Plan (2011).
      • Carbon Neutral 2013 – emissions reduction pathways and investment modelling (2010).
      • Economic Impact of the 2010/11 South Australian Budget Employment Cuts (2010).
      • Economic Analysis of Adelaide Hills Tourism (2010).
      • Local Input-Output Modelling of Victorian Primary Industries (2010).
      • Economic Analysis of Road Funding Options on Kangaroo Island (2010).
      • Economic Impact of the Port of Geelong (2010).
      • Port Adelaide Town Centre Benchmarking Report (2009 - 2010).
      • Economic Contribution of Tourism and Agriculture to the Kangaroo Island Regional Economy (2009).
      • Community Economic Analysis (2009).
      • Economic Analysis: Fishing Industry Impact Study – Kimberley LNG Project (2009).
      • National Climate Change Coastal Vulnerability Assessment - Yorke Peninsula Case Study (2009).
      • Economic Trends in South Australia's Commercial Fisheries: 1997/98 to 2007/08 (2009).
      • Economic and Environmental Indicators for South Australia and its Regions (2009).
      • Economic and Environmental Indicators for South Australia and its Regions: Conference Presentation (2009).
      • Port of Port Kembla Economic Impact Study (2009).
  • Market analysis

    • A market research-driven approach to developing an industry strategy for the SA Charter Boat Fishery (2019)

      Client: FRDC
      Collaborators: Action Market Research and Hudson Howells
      Summary: This project, undertaken by Action Market Research, Hudson Howells and BDO EconSearch, investigated the South Australian Charter Boat Fishery by conducting analyses to identify potential actions for growth to counter the declining level of activity and profitability in the industry. A targeted analysis was conducted on potential, current and lapsed Charter Boat clients incorporating satisfaction levels, total expenditure levels and suggestions for improvements and new experiences. The results allowed identification of characteristics and attitudes to help enable the industry to understand what is important to their existing clients, boost satisfaction levels, reach more clients and expand the market. An analysis was then conducted on the industry to quantify its economic impact regionally and at a state level based on client expenditure. In identifying the above, an assessment was made as to the current capacity, willingness and desire of the charter boat fishery to meet existing and projected demand, both qualitative and quantitative.

    • Economic Analysis of Western Rock Lobster (2019)

      Client: Fishing Families WA
      Summary: BDO EconSearch was commissioned by Fishing Families WA to provide an estimation of the maximum level of domestic (WA) consumption of Western Rock Lobster (WRL) and to provide commentary on the likely level and nature of substitution of WRL for alternative sources of protein. The scope of the study was divided into two sections: (i) quantifying the level of domestic (WA) consumption of WRL under different price scenarios; and (ii) undertaking price comparisons between WRL and alternative protein sources. The retail price, current consumption volume, minimum likely cost of production and margin at each stage of the existing WRL supply chain were estimated through consultation with quota holders (fishers), processors, distributors, retail and food service outlets (restaurants).

    • Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme Request for Clarification Business Plan and Market Assessments Phase I (2016)

      Client: SA Water
      Collaborators: Ag Dynamics
      SA Water undertook a Selective Request for Proposal process for the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme and contracted BDO EconSearch to provide a written assessment of the three Tenderers’ responses to Schedule F of the tender. Schedule F contained requirements regarding the business plan and market assessment component of the SRP proposals. To assist in this assessment, a high-level analysis of the market potential for horticultural produce out of Northern Adelaide Plains was undertaken by BDO EconSearch and subcontractor, Ag Dynamics, working with PIRSA’s Agriculture, Food and Wine division.

    • Other completed projects. Contact us for more information.

      • Outback Lakes SA Beef Producers: A Review of Market Opportunities for Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources in collaboration with Rural Solutions SA (2012).
      • International Market Access Impacts of Branched Broomrape Contamination: a Risk Assessment and Scenario Analysis (2010).
      • Objective Assessment of the Western Australian Beef Industry Supply Chain (2009).
      • Economic Impact of Productivity Improvements in South Australia's Primary Industries (2009).
      • Horticulture and Seafood Scorecard Information (2008-2009).
      • Benchmarking Production Costs for Growers in the Chicken Meat Industry in South Australia (2008).

       

  • R&D Evaluation

    • Cost Benefit Analysis of SA Grains Industry Trust Funded Projects (2019)

      Client: Grain Producers South Australia (GPSA)
      Summary: Grain Producers South Australia (GPSA) commissioned BDO EconSearch and Plan 2 Profit Agri (P2P Agri) to estimate the economic contribution of research, development and extension (RD&E) projects completed over a five year period (2012/13-2016/17). The nine case studies received $3,188,795 in SAGIT funding, which represented 35 per cent of total SAGIT funding (approximately $9 million) to RD&E projects over the 5-year period (2012/13-2017/18). The method used to assess the economic benefits of the RD&E funding was cost benefit analysis, a standard approach to economic appraisal. The aim of the project was to provide the GPSA and South Australian Grains Industry Trust (SAGIT) an understanding of the efficiency and efficacy of investments made by the two organisations in grain industry RD&E. This enabled them to prepare relevant RD&E funding policies, as well as assisting them to respond to applications for future industry RD&E funding.

    • Cross-RDC Impact Assessment and Framework for Impact Assessment Reporting (2016)

      Client: Council of Rural Research & Development Corporations
      Summary: EconSearch, together with AgEconPlus, were part of a team led by Agtrans Research that carried out a two stage project on impact assessment of RDCs for the Council of Rural Research & Development Corporations. Stage one was a national cross-RDC impact assessment covering the period 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2015. Stage two was to develop a future framework for impact assessment and reporting. This involved a review of status quo methods and workshops with RDCs.

    • Other completed projects. Contact us for more information.

      • Developing the Business Case for the SITplus Facility for Biosecurity SA (2014).
      • Economic Analysis of AWRI Projects & Activities (2013).
      • Plant Health Desk Top Study (2013).
      • Evaluations of Proposals for Seafood Industry Co-investment Funding for “End-user Driven Research Partnerships” (2011).
      • Cost Benefit Analysis of a GWRDC Project Cluster: Vine Health - Powdery Mildew (2010).
      • Cost Benefit Analysis of a GWRDC Project Cluster: Vine Health - Other Disease (2010).
      • Cost Benefit Analysis of a GWRDC Project Cluster: Vine Physiology - Nutrient Management (2010).
      • Cost Benefit Analysis of a GWRDC Project Cluster: Vine Physiology - Water (2009).
      • Cost Benefit Analysis of a GWRDC Soil and Water Initiative Project Cluster (2009).
      • Business Case for Integrated Bio-system (IBS) Technology (2009).

       

  • Regional analysis

    • Socio-Economic Profile of the Barossa Gawler Light Adelaide Plains Regional Development Australia Region (2020)

      Client: Regional Development Australia Barossa Gawler Light Adelaide Plains
      Summary:
      In 2020 BDO EconSearch was commissioned by Regional Development Australia Barossa Gawler Light Adelaide Plains (RDA BGLAP) to prepare a socio-economic profile of the RDA BGLAP region and selected sub regions. The Economic Profile of the region provides a statistical summary of key economic information for the region, including;

      • Economic Structure of the Regional Economy
      • The Contribution of the Wine Industry to the Regional Economy
      • The Contribution of the Agricultural and Food Manufacturing Industries to the Regional Economy
      • Demographic Profile
      • Labour Force Indicators
      • Education and Training
      • Income and Housing

      This report follows previous works prepared by EconSearch for RDA BGLAP; these being the socio-economic profile of the Barossa RDA in 2011 and its subsequent updates in 2013 and 2016.

    • SA RISE Model Update (2019)

      Client: Department of the Premier and Cabinet
      Summary: The South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) required an update of Regional Industry Structure and Employment (RISE) models, input-output (IO) based models that were originally developed for the Department of Trade and Economic Development by BDO EconSearch in 2009. The outcome of the project was that DPC has up-to-date software and data package which it can easily use to rapidly model the local impacts of specific changes in South Australia’s industries. RISE models were prepared for South Australia and each of the 12 State Government regions.

    • Economic Contribution of the Forest Industry to Wattle Range Council (2019)

      Client: Wattle Range Council
      Summary: Wattle Range Council engaged BDO EconSearch to provide modelling of the economic contribution of the forest industry and the economic impact of reduced timber processing activity in the region. The method for the study included industry consultation, forest activity modelling and economic modelling. BDO EconSearch consulted with several stakeholders including: existing processing businesses, potential processing businesses and policy officers. Semi-structured interviews were carried out in March 2019 and covered businesses responsible for around three-quarters of timber processing jobs in the Wattle Range LGA. RISE models for the Wattle Range LGA and Limestone Coast South Australian Government Region were developed by BDO EconSearch for this assessment.

    • Economic Analysis of Meat Processing Options on Kangaroo Island (2019)

      Client: PIRSA
      Summary: PIRSA and Livestock SA engaged BDO EconSearch to conduct an economic assessment to evaluate options for meat processing on Kangaroo Island (KI). In November 2018, PIRSA released a discussion paper Artisan On-farm Meat Processing on Kangaroo Island, and invited members of the KI community and other interested parties to make submissions to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development in relation to the regulations and options for supporting artisan on-farm meat processing on KI. A desktop review of the Discussion Paper and 16 submissions received by PIRSA in response, regulations and food safety standards relating to meat processing and handling and previous relevant studies was undertaken. Consultation was undertaken with respondents to the Discussion Paper, retail outlets (KI butcher, supermarkets), restaurants and KI Council. A small survey of hospitality venues and supermarkets on the Island was undertaken to gauge potential demand. A discounted cash flow analysis was undertaken to analyse the return on investment of the meat processing facility on KI option.

    • Economic Assessment of Fishing Capacity of the SA Marine Scalefish Fishery (2018)

      Client: PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture
      Summary: BDO EconSearch were engaged by PIRSA to undertake an economic assessment of the fishing capacity within the SA MSF. The aim was to estimate the number of licences (and fishing activity) in each region that achieve the objectives of stock sustainability and economic viability.
      The overall approach to this analysis was one of ensuing sustainability in the SA MSF where the net economic return (NER) generated by the fishery is greater than zero. Using data on the average catch and effort levels of key species, BDO EconSearch were tasked with estimating the number of licences needed in each region to achieve a NER greater than zero, i.e. lifting the fishery from a position of generating negative economic returns to one of long-term positive returns. The modelling process provided an estimate of the number of licences in each region that need to be removed under a fishery restructure to achieve a positive net economic return.
      The approach was an iterative one where licences, and fixed costs associated with these licences, were incrementally removed from the fishery and the income and variable costs associated with these licences redistributed to the remaining licence holders. After each licence was removed the NER was recalculated and the process continues until the NER in each region becomes positive.

    • Other completed projects. Contact us for more information.

      • Mount Lofty Ranges World Heritage Economic Indicators for Mount Lofty Ranges World Heritage Bid (2017).
      • Socio-Economic Profile of the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu & KI RDA Region for Regional Development Australia: Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu & KI (2017).
      • Economic Scorecard for City of Mount Gambier and Comparative Regions for City of Mount Gambier (2017).
      • Regional Community Adaptive Capacity Index for Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) (2016).
      • Economic Analysis of the Leigh Creek Strategic Options for Department of State Development in collaboration with AECOM (2015).
      • Virginia and Northern Adelaide Plains Horticultural Study (2013).
      • Marine Parks Regional Impact Statements (2012).
      • Socio-Economic Profile of the Adelaide Hills Fleurieu KI RDA Region (2011).
      • Marine Parks Regional Impact Statement: Proposed Method and Template (2011).
      • Essential Economics: Economic Considerations for Investment and Future Scenarios (2010).
      • Port Adelaide Town Centre Benchmarking Report (2009 - 2010).
      • Northern Australia Land and Water Science Review (2009).
      • Community Economic Analysis (2009).
      • Economic Profile of the River Murray Region of South Australia (2009).
      • Economic and Environmental Indicators for SA and its Regions (2009).