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Completed inquiries

The following is a list of all completed public inquiries and commissioned studies undertaken by the Commission.

Impacts of COAG Reforms: Business Regulation and VET

15 / 05 / 2012

At its March 2008 meeting, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) decided that the Productivity Commission would be requested to report to COAG on the impacts and benefits of COAG's reform agenda every two to three years. Terms of Reference for this commissioned work stream were released by the Australian Government on 16 June 2010.

Education and Training Workforce: Schools Workforce

04 / 05 / 2012

Education and Training Workforce: Schools Workforce

PETNET Australia

04 / 04 / 2012

The investigation resulted from a complaint alleging that PETNET Australia is not complying with competitive neutrality policy and has gained a commercial advantage due to government ownership.

Economic Regulation of Airport Services

30 / 03 / 2012

A public inquiry into the future regulation and monitoring of airport services and the scope and mechanisms for greater transparency and accountability in airport infrastructure provision and services.

Identifying and Evaluating Regulation Reforms

15 / 12 / 2011

The Commission has been asked by the Australian Government to focus on frameworks and approaches that can most effectively identify areas for regulation reform and methods for evaluating reform outcomes.

Economic Structure and Performance of the Australian Retail Industry

09 / 12 / 2011

A public inquiry into the implications of globalisation on the Australian retail sector.

NBN Co

08 / 12 / 2011

The investigation resulted from three complaints alleging that NBN Co is not complying with competitive neutrality policy and has gained a market advantage due to government ownership. The complainants also claim that policy developments have granted NBN Co commercial advantages.

Education and Training Workforce: Early Childhood Development

01 / 12 / 2011

The Commission has been asked to provide advice on planning, development and structure of the early childhood sector's workforces in the short, medium and long-term.

Australia's Urban Water Sector

12 / 10 / 2011

The Australian Government has asked the Commission to conduct a public inquiry into Australia's Urban Water Sector.

Disability Care and Support

10 / 08 / 2011

A public inquiry into a long-term care and support scheme for people with a disability in Australia.

Caring for Older Australians

08 / 08 / 2011

In undertaking the inquiry, the Commission had developed options for further structural reform of the aged care system so it can meet the challenges facing it in coming decades.

Rural Research and Development Corporations

15 / 06 / 2011

This public inquiry will consider the economic and policy rationale for Australian Government investment in rural research and development.

Emission Reduction Policies and Carbon Prices in Key Economies

09 / 06 / 2011

The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a study on the effective carbon prices that result from emission-reduction and other relevant policies in Australia and other key economies.

Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation: Planning, Zoning and Development Assessments

16 / 05 / 2011

Commissioned study into the Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation: Planning, Zoning and Development Assessments.

Education and Training Workforce: Vocational Education and Training

05 / 05 / 2011

The Commission has been asked to consider factors affecting the current and future demand for both the VET workforce as a whole - including trainers and assessors in enterprises, adult community education and community organisations - and the TAFE workforce as a subset.

Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements

13 / 12 / 2010

This study examines the impact of bilateral and regional trade agreements on trade and investment barriers and on Australia's trade and economic performance.

Wheat Export Marketing Arrangements

28 / 10 / 2010

A public inquiry into the effectiveness of the Wheat Export Marketing Act 2008 and the Wheat Export Accreditation Scheme 2008 in meeting their objectives.

Gambling (2010)

23 / 06 / 2010

A public inquiry to provide an update on developments in the Australian gambling industry since the Commission's 1999 report.

Australia's Anti-dumping and Countervailing System

27 / 05 / 2010

The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake an inquiry into the effectiveness and impact of Australia's anti-dumping and countervailing system.

Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation: Occupational Health and Safety

06 / 04 / 2010

Commissioned study into Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation: Occupational Health and Safety.