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Self-initiated research and annual reporting on productivity, industry assistance and regulation

Self-initiated research

The Commission has a statutory mandate to conduct a program of research to support its inquiries, annual reporting and other responsibilities, including promoting community awareness and understanding of various productivity and regulatory issues.

A key part of our research program is our new annual flagship pieces which help to outline future directions for reform. The first paper in this series looked at over-the-horizon policy options that may be consistent with demographic change, for example, indexing retirement benefits to longevity.

The Commission's program of research is guided by government statements on policy priorities and parliamentary debate and committee work, and by drawing on consultations with various interest groups. The supporting research program emphasises the sustainability of productivity improvements, including environmental and social aspects.

For those that share an interest in understanding and improving Australia's productivity performance, PC Productivity Insights is a timely annual exploration of Australia's productivity performance. It aims to contribute to the public debate and encourage informed policy discussion. Each edition unpacks the latest ABS productivity statistics, and reports on the findings of the Commission's most recent research into productivity issues.

Annual Reporting

The Commission is required under its Act to report annually not only on its activities, but also on industry and productivity performance generally, as well as on the effects of industry assistance and regulation. Its Annual Report Series comprises:

  • The Annual Report, which is tabled in Parliament, reports on the Commission's operations and performance across its various activities. It also reports on government assistance and regulatory policies affecting industry performance, as well as trends in the productivity of the economy and living standards.
  • Trade and Assistance Review reports on trade policy and assistance developments and contains the Commission's latest estimates of government assistance to Australian industries.