The following is a list of all completed public inquiries and commissioned studies undertaken by the Commission.
Intellectual Property Arrangements
20 / 12 / 2016
The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a 12 month public inquiry into Australia's intellectual property system. This inquiry is now complete.
Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture
19 / 12 / 2016
This inquiry was asked to consider whether there are opportunities to improve fisheries regulations without compromising fishery policy and environmental objectives.
Education Evidence Base
09 / 12 / 2016
A public inquiry into the further development of the national evidence base for school and early childhood education, which was completed in 9 months.
Regulation of Agriculture
15 / 11 / 2016
The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a 9-month public inquiry into the regulatory burden on farm businesses.
Migrant Intake into Australia
12 / 09 / 2016
A public inquiry into the greater use of charges relative to quotas and qualitative criteria to determine the intake of temporary and permanent entrants into Australia.
Public Safety Mobile Broadband
12 / 01 / 2016
Commissioned study into the best way to secure a mobile broadband capability to meet the long term needs of Australia's public safety agencies (PSAs) - the police, fire, ambulance and emergency services.
Workplace Relations Framework
21 / 12 / 2015
Public inquiry into the performance of the workplace relations framework and identify improvements to maximise outcomes for Australian employers, employees and the economy.
Business Set-up, Transfer and Closure
07 / 12 / 2015
The Australian Government asked the Commission to undertake a public inquiry into the barriers to setting up and closing businesses and identify options for reducing barriers where appropriate.
07 / 12 / 2015
This study has concluded. Commissioned study into barriers to growth in Australian services exports, focusing on the education, financial services, health services, information technology, professional services and tourism sectors.
Mutual Recognition Schemes
25 / 09 / 2015
Commissioned study into the operation of Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA) and the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement (TTMRA).
Natural Disaster Funding
01 / 05 / 2015
The Australian Government has asked the Commission to undertake a public inquiry into the efficacy of current national natural disaster funding arrangements, taking into account the priority of effective natural disaster mitigation and the reduction in the impact of disasters on communities.
Childcare and Early Childhood Learning
20 / 02 / 2015
The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a public inquiry into future options for childcare and early childhood learning, with a focus on developing a system that supports workforce participation and addresses children's learning and development needs.
Access to Justice Arrangements
03 / 12 / 2014
Inquiry into Australia's system of civil dispute resolution, with a focus on constraining costs and promoting access to justice and equality before the law.
Costs of Doing Business: Retail Trade Industry
10 / 10 / 2014
The Australian Government has requested that the Productivity Commission undertake a 6 month study into the cost structures of businesses operating in the Australian retail trade industry, including costs relative to international competitors.
Costs of Doing Business in Australia: Dairy Product Manufacturing
10 / 10 / 2014
The Australian Government has requested that the Productivity Commission undertake a six month study into the cost structures of businesses operating in the Australian dairy product manufacturing industry, including costs relative to international competitors.
Australia's Automotive Manufacturing Industry
26 / 08 / 2014
The Australian Government asked the Commission to undertake an inquiry into public support for Australia's automotive manufacturing industry.
14 / 07 / 2014
The Australian Government has asked the Commission to undertake a 6-month public inquiry into ways to encourage private financing and funding for major infrastructure projects, including issues relating to the high cost and the long lead times associated with these projects.
Tasmanian Shipping and Freight
24 / 06 / 2014
The Australian Government has asked the Commission to undertake an inquiry into current arrangements for subsidising shipping freight and passenger services between the mainland and Tasmania.
Geographic Labour Mobility
06 / 05 / 2014
The principal objective of the study was to examine patterns of mobility, impediments and enablers, and their effect on the ability to meet Australia's continually changing workforce and employment needs.
Mineral and Energy Resource Exploration
05 / 03 / 2014
The Australian Government asked the Commission to undertake a 12-month inquiry into the non-financial barriers to mineral and energy resource exploration.