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Completed inquiries

The following is a list of all completed Public inquiries and commissioned studies undertaken by the Commission.

Future Drought Fund

26 / 09 / 2023

This inquiry examined the effectiveness, efficiency and appropriateness of Part 3 of the Future Drought Fund Act 2019. Part 3 covers the processes for allocating funding to activities that support drought resilience.

Carer leave

15 / 09 / 2023

This inquiry examined the economic and social impacts of allowing informal carers to take extended unpaid leave from their work to care for older people who are frail and living at home.

Productivity inquiry (2023)

17 / 03 / 2023

The Productivity Commission was asked to review Australia's productivity performance and recommend an actionable roadmap to assist governments to make productivity-enhancing reforms.

National School Reform Agreement

20 / 01 / 2023

This study examined how well national policy initiatives by the Australian, State and Territory Governments have achieved the objectives and outcomes set out in the National School Reform Agreement.

Australia's maritime logistics system

09 / 01 / 2023

This inquiry examined the structural issues affecting the productivity of Australia's maritime logistics system. Long term trends in system performance were analysed, and industrial relations, infrastructure constraints and technology uptake were areas of focus.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts and crafts

13 / 12 / 2022

The Productivity Commission examined the value, nature and structure of markets for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and crafts, and policies to address deficiencies in these markets.

Aged care employment

21 / 10 / 2022

This study examined employment models in aged care and the effects that policies and procedures to preference the direct employment of aged care workers would have on the aged care sector.

Housing and Homelessness Agreement review

30 / 09 / 2022

This study was a review of the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement. It examined how well the Australian, State and Territory Governments have achieved the objectives, outcomes and outputs set out in the Agreement, and the suitability of the Agreement for the future. The review also looked at the impact of social and economic factors, including the coronavirus pandemic, on housing and homelessness in Australia.

Register of foreign-owned water entitlements

02 / 12 / 2021

This inquiry examined the effectiveness, costs and benefits of the Register of Foreign Ownership of Water Entitlements. The Register was established in 2017 to provide greater transparency on the level of foreign ownership of water entitlements in Australia.

Right to repair

29 / 10 / 2021

The focus of this inquiry was on consumers' ability to repair faulty goods, or to access repair services, at a competitive price. We were asked to look at the barriers and enablers of repair and the costs and benefits of a regulated 'right to repair' in Australia.

National water reform 2020

02 / 09 / 2021

Under the Water Act 2007 (Cth), the Commission is required to undertake three-yearly inquiries into the progress of reform in Australia's water resources sector. This is the second such inquiry, looking at Australian government's progress in achieving the objectives, outcomes and timelines under the Intergovernmental Agreement on a National Water Initiative (NWI).

Vulnerable supply chains

13 / 08 / 2021

The Australian Government asked the Commission to examine the nature and source of risks to global supply chains. The Commission developed a framework for identifying supply chains that are vulnerable to disruption, identify imports of goods that might be vulnerable, and identify possible strategies to manage supply chains risks.

Skills and Workforce Development Agreement

21 / 01 / 2021

This study examined how well the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments have achieved their goals for the vocational education and training (VET) system as set out in the 'National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development', and the suitability of this agreement for the future.

Resources sector regulation

10 / 12 / 2020

The Australian Government has asked the Commission to conduct a study to examine regulations affecting business investment in the resources sector in Australia.

Mental health

16 / 11 / 2020

This inquiry examined the effect of mental health on people's ability to participate in and prosper in the community and workplace, and the effects it has more generally on our economy and productivity.

Indigenous Evaluation Strategy

30 / 10 / 2020

The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to develop a whole-of-government evaluation strategy for policies and programs affecting Indigenous Australians.

National transport regulatory reform

01 / 10 / 2020

The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to assess the economic impact of reforms to transport regulation agreed to by COAG in 2008-09.

Expenditure on children in the Northern Territory

08 / 04 / 2020

The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to conduct a study into government expenditure in the Northern Territory on children and family services aimed at preventing harm to children.

Remote area tax concessions and payments

26 / 02 / 2020

The study examined the operation and impacts of the zone tax offset and related remote area tax concessions and payments, and provide recommendations on the appropriate form and function of such assistance into the future.

Economic regulation of airports (2019)

22 / 10 / 2019

The Commission was asked to report on the economic regulation of services provided at airports in Australia's major cities. The inquiry focussed on passenger and freight services.