Potential Benefits of the National Reform Agenda

Commission research paper

This commission research paper was released on 28 February 2007. An errata (updated 9 March 2007) was issued with the report.

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Contents

Preliminaries
Cover, Copyright, Foreword, Acknowledgments, Contents, Abbreviations, Key points, Overview

PART A - FRAMEWORK AND OUTCOMES

1   Introduction
1.1   This study
1.2   What can be delivered
1.3   The approach
1.4   Consultation
1.5   Structure of the report

2   Potential economic and revenue implications of NRA competition and regulatory reform
2.1   Scope of the NRA competition and regulatory reform streams
2.2   The potential direct impacts on productivity and prices
2.3   Key economic and regional effects
2.4   Sensitivity testing

3   Potential economic and revenue implications of NRA human capital reform
3.1   Scope of the NRA human capital reform stream
3.2   Potential impact of reforms to health system effectiveness
3.3   Potential impact of workforce participation and productivity reforms

PART B - COMPETITION AND REGULATORY REFORM STREAMS

4   Electricity
4.1   NRA reforms and outcome objectives
4.2   Approach to estimating outer-envelope reform impacts
4.3   Impediments in liberalised electricity markets
4.4   Scope for improvement
4.5   Possible outer-envelope effects
4.6   Summary of direct impacts

5   Gas
5.1   NRA reforms and outcome objectives
5.2   Australian gas industry
5.3   Scope for improvement
5.4   Summary of direct impacts

6   Road and rail transport
6.1   NRA reforms and outcome objectives
6.2   Australian road and rail freight transport
6.3   Potential effects of NRA reforms
6.4   Scope for improvement
6.5   Summary of direct impacts

7   Ports and associated infrastructure
7.1   NRA reforms and outcome objectives
7.2   Significant ports in Australia
7.3   Scope for improvement
7.4   Summary of direct impacts

8   Regulatory burden
8.1   NRA reforms and outcome objectives
8.2   Regulatory developments in Australia
8.3   Regulatory compliance costs
8.4   Scope for reducing compliance costs
8.5   Efficiency costs of regulation
8.6   Implementation costs to reduce excessive regulatory burden
8.7   Summary of direct impacts

PART C - HUMAN CAPITAL STREAM

9   Productivity of health services delivery
9.1   Tops-down approach used
9.2   The dimensions of the health sector
9.3   NRA reform and outcome objectives
9.4   NRA and the productivity of health service delivery
9.5   Exploring the potential for improvement
9.6   Potential scope for NRA to improve health services productivity
9.7   Summary of direct impacts

10   Framework for assessing the potential impacts on workforce participation and productivity
10.1   An overview of the key elements and links associated with the human capital stream
10.2   The analytical framework

11   Health promotion and disease prevention
11.1   Health promotion and disease prevention
11.2   Adopting a case study approach
11.3   Effects of chronic disease on workforce participation and productivity
11.4   Scope for improvement
11.5   Linking improved health outcomes to workforce participation and productivity
11.6   Potential workforce participation and productivity effects
11.7   Implications for indicative costs
11.8   Summary of direct impacts

12   Education and training
12.1   Target groups and scope for improvement
12.2   Potential workforce participation and productivity effects
12.3   Implications for indicative costs
12.4   Summary of direct impacts

13   Work incentives
13.1   Operationalising the key groups
13.2   Mature aged participation
13.3   Participation of women aged 25-44
13.4   Disability Support Pension recipients
13.5   Potential productivity effects
13.6   Implications for indicative costs
13.7   Summary of direct impacts

14   Consolidating the effects of human capital reform
14.1   Consolidating the human capital substreams
14.2   Workforce participation
14.3   Hours worked
14.4   Labour productivity
14.5   Implications for States and Territories
14.6   Summary of direct impacts

APPENDICES

A   Study guidelines

B   The MMRF-NRA model

C   The demographic modelling framework

D   Modelling the potential impacts of the NRA

E   Detailed results for competition and regulatory reforms

F   Detailed results for health services delivery reforms

G   Detailed results for workforce participation and productivity reforms

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