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Completed inquiries

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

Competition in the Australian Financial System

03 / 08 / 2018

The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a 12-month inquiry into competition in Australia's financial system.

Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation

05 / 07 / 2018

The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake an inquiry into Australia's system of horizontal fiscal equalisation (HFE), which underpins the distribution of GST revenue to the States and Territories (States).

National Water Reform

31 / 05 / 2018

The Commission was asked to undertake an inquiry into the reform of Australia's water resources sector.

Australian Hearing

23 / 05 / 2018

The Australian Government Competitive Neutrality Complaints Office (AGCNCO) received two complaints alleging that Australian Hearing is engaging in anticompetitive behaviour in the voucher services market, and enjoys market advantages over its competitors as a result of its government ownership.

Human Services

26 / 03 / 2018

This inquiry is now completed. A public inquiry into the increased application of competition, contestability and informed user choice to human services.

Transitioning Regional Economies

15 / 12 / 2017

A 12-month study into the geographic impacts of the transition of the Australian economy following the resources investment boom.

Collection Models for GST on Low Value Imported Goods

09 / 11 / 2017

This inquiry is now completed. The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a four month inquiry into models for collecting GST on low value imported goods.

Productivity Review

24 / 10 / 2017

This inquiry is now completed. The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a 12 month inquiry into Australia's productivity performance and provide recommendations on reform priorities.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs

19 / 10 / 2017

This study has concluded. It reviewed the costs of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation

19 / 06 / 2017

The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a 12-month inquiry into the future direction of a universal service obligation (USO) in the telecommunications market.

Education Evidence Base

24 / 05 / 2017

The public inquiry looked into the further development of the national evidence base for school and early childhood education, which was completed in 9 months.

Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture

24 / 05 / 2017

This inquiry was asked to consider whether there are opportunities to improve fisheries regulations without compromising fishery policy and environmental objectives.

Data Availability and Use

08 / 05 / 2017

This public inquiry investigated ways to improve the availability and use of public and private sector data.

Consumer Law Enforcement and Administration

12 / 04 / 2017

The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a study of the enforcement and administration arrangements underpinning the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

Regulation of Agriculture

28 / 03 / 2017

The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a 9-month public inquiry into the regulatory burden on farm businesses.

Intellectual Property Arrangements

20 / 12 / 2016

The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a 12 month public inquiry into Australia's intellectual property system. This inquiry is now complete.

Migrant Intake into Australia

12 / 09 / 2016

A public inquiry into the greater use of charges relative to quotas and qualitative criteria to determine the intake of temporary and permanent entrants into Australia.

Public Safety Mobile Broadband

12 / 01 / 2016

Commissioned study into the best way to secure a mobile broadband capability to meet the long term needs of Australia's public safety agencies (PSAs) - the police, fire, ambulance and emergency services.

Workplace Relations Framework

21 / 12 / 2015

Public inquiry into the performance of the workplace relations framework and identify improvements to maximise outcomes for Australian employers, employees and the economy.

Service Exports

07 / 12 / 2015

This study has concluded. Commissioned study into barriers to growth in Australian services exports, focusing on the education, financial services, health services, information technology, professional services and tourism sectors.