The following is a list of all completed public inquiries and commissioned studies undertaken by the Commission.
26 / 03 / 2018
This inquiry is now completed. A public inquiry into the increased application of competition, contestability and informed user choice to human services.
National Water Reform
19 / 12 / 2017
The Commission has been asked to undertake an inquiry into the reform of Australia's water resources sector.
Transitioning Regional Economies
15 / 12 / 2017
A 12-month study into the geographic impacts of the transition of the Australian economy following the resources investment boom.
Collection Models for GST on Low Value Imported Goods
09 / 11 / 2017
This inquiry is now completed. The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a four month inquiry into models for collecting GST on low value imported goods.
24 / 10 / 2017
This inquiry is now completed. The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a 12 month inquiry into Australia's productivity performance and provide recommendations on reform priorities.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs
19 / 10 / 2017
This study has concluded. It reviewed the costs of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation
19 / 06 / 2017
The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a 12-month inquiry into the future direction of a universal service obligation (USO) in the telecommunications market.
Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture
24 / 05 / 2017
This inquiry was asked to consider whether there are opportunities to improve fisheries regulations without compromising fishery policy and environmental objectives.
Education Evidence Base
24 / 05 / 2017
The public inquiry looked into the further development of the national evidence base for school and early childhood education, which was completed in 9 months.
Data Availability and Use
08 / 05 / 2017
This public inquiry investigated ways to improve the availability and use of public and private sector data.
Consumer Law Enforcement and Administration
12 / 04 / 2017
The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a study of the enforcement and administration arrangements underpinning the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
Regulation of Agriculture
28 / 03 / 2017
The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a 9-month public inquiry into the regulatory burden on farm businesses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.