Black Coal Industry
This public inquiry has concluded. The inquiry report was released by the Australian Government on 11 February 1999.
This inquiry was referred by the Treasurer to the Industry Commission in July 1997. With the passage of the Productivity Commission Act 1998 (and the abolition of the Industry Commission), this inquiry was completed by the Productivity Commission.
The Commission was asked to report on ways of improving the international competitiveness of the Australian black coal industry, consistent with improving the overall performance of the Australian economy. The Commission was also asked to compare the performance of the Australian black coal industry with international mines and Australian metalliferous mines, reporting on:
- cost components from the mine to the port
- work and safety arrangements
- the applicability of micro-economic reforms implemented overseas to the Australian black coal industry.