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Productivity Review

Public inquiry

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.

  • Discussion paper 7 Nov 2016
  • Final report 22 Oct 2017

A framework for generating new ideas for microeconomic reform in Australia over the coming years.

Submissions were due by 9 December 2016.

Read the discussion paper

The final inquiry report - Shifting the Dial: 5 year productivity review - was handed to the Australian Government in August 2017, then tabled in Parliament and publicly released on 22 October 2017.

Read the inquiry report

This inquiry is the first in a regular series, undertaken at five-yearly intervals, to provide an overarching analysis of where Australia stands in terms of its productivity performance, and to develop and prioritise reform options to improve the wellbeing of Australians by supporting greater productivity growth.

The Commission was also required to:

  • analyse Australia's productivity performance in both the market and non-market sectors, including an assessment of the settings for productive investment in human and physical capital and how they can be improved to lift productivity.
  • examine the factors that may have affected productivity growth, including an assessment of the impact of major policy changes, if relevant.