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Productivity Review

Public inquiry

The Australian Government has 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 Sep 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 report is expected to be handed to the Australian Government in September 2017.

The release of the final report by the Government is the final step in the process.

Under the Productivity Commission Act 1998, the Government is required to table the report in each House of the Parliament within 25 sitting days of receipt.

This inquiry will be 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 is 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.

More detailed information can be found in the terms of reference.


Tracey Horsfall (Administrative matters)
Ph: 02 6240 3261

Damian Mullaly (Other matters)
Ph: 03 9653 2112

Nicholas McMeniman (Other matters)
Ph: 03 9653 2228


Free call: 1800 020 083

Register your interest

Be kept informed about the progress of this work.

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Make a submission

The Commission invites interested people and organisations to make a submission.

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Suggest a reform

A survey seeks your ideas on where policy reform can make a difference - no matter how big or small.

Suggest a reform.