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The Australian Government has asked the Commission to look at policy options to improve productivity and prosperity - how Australia can better use its people, capital, and knowledge to improve the wellbeing of Australians.

This extends beyond commercial activities to include government funded services (like health care and education), factors that limit how people can use their time (such as congestion), and that restrict people's capacity to contribute to overall output in the economy (such as barriers to labour market involvement).

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

While the Commission will be considering reforms from many perspectives, this survey is particularly seeking new and innovative insights into possible reforms - rather than focusing on reforms that have been prominent in past policy debates or subject of previous recent reviews - such as the Harper Competition Policy Review and the Henry Tax Review.

Reforms might relate to any level of government - local, state and territory or the Australian Government. Suggestions for reform should be practical and likely to improve the wellbeing of Australians.

The Commission will place ideas and their attribution on this website.

Further information on the inquiry can be found in the Discussion Paper

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Example of a reform suggestion

Here is a reform example drawn from a previous Productivity Commission report. While the Commission will not be duplicating previous analysis of reforms, it provides an illustrative example.

Please provide a short description of your reform idea

Introduce 'Do not do' lists for clinical procedures in hospitals that are not supported by sound evidence.

Which level of government does this reform relate to?

State or territory government.

What is the objective of this reform?

Improve health outcomes for Australians, while diverting resources from activities with low benefits.

Why is this reform worth pursuing?

Reduce the incidence of adverse events and the need for subsequent interventions.

What is the evidence to support the reform?

Experience in the United Kingdom and evidence from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Who would the reform most benefit?

Australians using hospital services, and to the extent that it lowered future health costs, Australian taxpayers.

re there likely to be any losers from this reform, and who are they?

Not clear anyone would be adversely affected. Taxpayers would need to fund the analysis of appropriate 'do not do' lists, but the costs would be less than the benefits, and the costs would be reduced by drawing on the evidence already accumulated by the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Over what timeframe do you believe this reform could be implemented?

Within 3 years.

What implementation costs do you think this reform might involve?

Would require discussions between clinicians, their representative bodies, regulators and state governments, with the resources that this requires. Costs would be modest.

Are there any obstacles or impediments that may prevent this reform from being implemented


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