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Completed inquiries

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

Market Mechanisms for Recovering Water in the Murray-Darling Basin

31 / 03 / 2010

A study undertaken by the Commission into Market Mechanisms for Recovering Water in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Contribution of the Not-for-Profit Sector

11 / 02 / 2010

The Productivity Commission received terms of reference from the Government on 17 March 2009 asking it to undertake a commissioned study on the contributions of the not for profit sector.

Executive Remuneration

04 / 01 / 2010

The Productivity Commission has been asked to undertake a public inquiry into the regulatory framework around remuneration of directors and executives of companies regulated under the Corporations Act.

Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation: Food Safety

22 / 12 / 2009

Commissioned study into the Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation: Food Safety.

Performance of Public and Private Hospital Systems

10 / 12 / 2009

A commissioned study which examines the relative performance of the public and private hospital systems, and related data issues.

Government Drought Support

12 / 05 / 2009

A public inquiry into the current government drought support arrangements in Australia with the aim of identifying the most appropriate way for governments to assist farmers, farm businesses and farm dependent rural small businesses to improve their self-reliance and preparedness for drought events.

Paid Maternity, Paternity and Parental Leave

12 / 05 / 2009

A public inquiry into paid maternity, paternity and paternal leave concentrating on support for parents of newborn children up to the age of two years.

Regulatory Burden on the Upstream Petroleum (Oil and Gas) Sector

30 / 04 / 2009

A study commissioned to review the regulatory burden on the upstream petroleum sector in Australia.

Review of Mutual Recognition Schemes (2009)

06 / 02 / 2009

The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a review of the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) and the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement (TTMRA).

Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation: Quantity and Quality / Cost of Business Registration

12 / 12 / 2008

A commissioned study into benchmarking regulatory quality and quantity, and business registration costs.

Retail Tenancy Leases in Australia

27 / 08 / 2008

A public inquiry into the market for retail tenancy leases in Australia.

Copyright Restrictions on the Parallel Importation of Books

26 / 08 / 2008

The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a study of restrictions on the parallel importation of books into Australia, as contained in the Copyright Act 1968, to examine the extent to which the restrictions promote and achieve the objectives of the Act.

Chemicals and Plastics Regulation

07 / 08 / 2008

The Chemical and Plastics Regulation commissioned study examines Australia's system of regulating chemicals and plastics.

Economy-wide Effects of Assistance to the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industries

08 / 07 / 2008

The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake modelling of the economy-wide effects of future assistance options for Australia's textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) industries in order to inform the current Review of the TCF industries as well as public debate and the Government's deliberations.

Modelling Economy-wide Effects of Future Automotive Assistance

05 / 06 / 2008

The Australian Government asked the Commission to model the economy-wide effects of future assistance options for Australia's Automotive industry in order to inform the Bracks Review of the Australian Automotive Industry and public debate on the issue.

Consumer Policy Framework

08 / 05 / 2008

A public inquiry into Australia's consumer policy framework and its administration.

Defence Housing Australia

08 / 05 / 2008

Defence Housing Australia (AGCNCO Investigation No. 13)

Assessing Local Government Revenue Raising Capacity

17 / 04 / 2008

This study examined the capacity of different types of councils to raise revenue, the impact of the various revenue sources available to local government, and the impact of any State regulatory limits on local government's revenue raising capacity.

Safeguards Inquiry into the Import of Pigmeat (2008)

04 / 04 / 2008

A public inquiry to assess whether action could and should be taken under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules to give local producers a breathing space to adjust to import competition.

Tasmanian Freight Subsidy Arrangements (2007)

24 / 05 / 2007

A public inquiry to review the economic costs of freight infrastructure and efficient approaches to transport pricing.