Australia's Automotive Manufacturing Industry

Public inquiry

This inquiry has concluded. The final report was sent to Government on 31 March 2014.

The release of the final report by the Government is the next 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.

When the Government releases the report, a copy will be sent to all registered participants including those who made submissions, appeared at the public hearings, or were visited by the Commission. At that time, the report will also be available for download from the inquiry website.

The Australian Government asked the Commission to undertake an inquiry into public support for Australia's automotive manufacturing industry, including passenger motor vehicle and automotive component production.

The Commission was asked to:

  • examine national and international market and regulatory factors affecting the industry
  • identify and evaluate possible alternative public support mechanisms
  • identify any significant transition issues or adjustment costs that may arise from alternative support mechanisms or policy changes and how they might be best managed
  • assess the significance of the capabilities within the industry, its direct employment and economic benefits, and its secondary impacts on other sectors of the economy
  • quantify the costs and benefits of existing and alternative assistance mechanisms.

The Commission undertook public consultation, inviting public submissions and releasing a preliminary findings report to the public.

Further information

Key documents