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Completed inquiries

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

Annual Review of Regulatory Burdens on Business

09 / 05 / 2007

The Commission has been asked to do a series of studies into the burdens on business arising from the stock of Government regulation. The following areas will be reviewed: primary sector in 2007, manufacturing sector and distributive trades in 2008, social and economic infrastructure services in 2009, business and consumer services in 2010 and economy-wide generic regulation and regulation missed in earlier reviews in 2111.

Price Regulation of Airport Services (2007)

27 / 04 / 2007

A public inquiry to examine the effectiveness of the current regulatory regime for the pricing of airport services.

Road and Rail Freight Infrastructure Pricing

13 / 04 / 2007

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

Science and Innovation

27 / 03 / 2007

A commissioned study into the economic, social and environmental returns on public support for science and innovation in Australia.

Waste Generation and Resource Efficiency

19 / 12 / 2006

A public inquiry to identify policies that will address market failures associated with the generation and disposal of waste, including opportunities throughout the product life cycle.

Standards and Accreditation

16 / 11 / 2006

A commissioned study into the Australian Government's relationship with Standards Australia Limited and the National Association of Testing Authorities.

Rural Water Use and the Environment: The Role of Market Mechanisms

25 / 08 / 2006

A commissioned study into the feasibility of establishing market mechanisms for the efficient use of rural water and for dealing with rural water management related environmental externalities.

Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation

11 / 08 / 2006

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) asked the Commission to assist in the development of performance indicators and reporting frameworks across all levels of government to implement its in-principle decision to adopt a common framework for benchmarking, measuring and reporting on the regulatory burden on business.

Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation: Feasibility

11 / 08 / 2006

The Commission was requested by the Australian Government to develop a range of feasible quantitative and qualitative indicators and reporting framework options for an ongoing assessment and comparison of the burden of regulation on business.

Conservation of Historic Heritage Places

21 / 07 / 2006

A public inquiry into policy framework and incentives for the conservation of Australia’s historic built heritage places.

Economic Impacts of Migration and Population Growth

17 / 05 / 2006

A commissioned study into the productivity and economic impacts of migration and population growth

Consumer Product Safety

07 / 02 / 2006

A commissioned study to assess the social and economic impact of options for reforming Australia's general product safety system.

Health Workforce

19 / 01 / 2006

The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to examine issues impacting on the health workforce including the supply of, and demand for, health workforce professionals and propose solutions to ensure the continued delivery of quality healthcare over the next 10 years.

Energy Efficiency

21 / 10 / 2005

A public inquiry into the the economic and environmental potential offered by energy efficiency.

International Liner Cargo Shipping (2005)

15 / 10 / 2005

A public inquiry into Part X of the Trade Practices Act (1974) and associated regulations.

Impacts of Advances in Medical Technology in Australia

20 / 09 / 2005

A commissioned study into the impact of advances in medical technology on public and private healthcare expenditure, and the associated costs and benefits for the Australian community.

Australian Pigmeat Industry (2005)

16 / 08 / 2005

A public inquiry into the competitive situation and outlook for the Australian pigmeat industry, including both production and processing.

EDI Post

07 / 06 / 2005

The investigation resulted from a complaint that the pricing of Australia Post's transactional mail services, provided through EDI, does not comply with competitive neutrality principles. It was also alleged that EDI derives an advantage over its competitors through access to information about competitors' clients.

Review of National Competition Policy Arrangements

14 / 04 / 2005

A public inquiry into the impact of National Competition Policy (NCP) and related reforms undertaken to date on the Australian economy and community, and the identification of areas offering opportunities for significant gains to the Australian economy from removing impediments to efficiency and enhancing competition.

Economic Implications of an Ageing Australia

12 / 04 / 2005

A research study into the productivity, labour supply and fiscal implications of likely demographic trends over the next 40 years to further improve understanding of the challenges and opportunities resulting from an ageing Australia.