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Completed inquiries

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

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.

Compensation and Rehabilitation for Veterans

04 / 07 / 2019

The focus of the inquiry was on how well the system of support for military veterans is meeting its aims and whether the system is likely to effectively and efficiently support veterans in the future.

Review of the National Disability Agreement

01 / 02 / 2019

The focus of this review was the National Disability Agreement, which relates to the provision of disability services for people with disability.

Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Five-year assessment

25 / 01 / 2019

Under the Water Act 2007 (Cth), the Commission is required to undertake five-yearly assessments of the effectiveness of the implementation of the Basin Plan and water resource plans. This inquiry was the first such assessment.

Superannuation

10 / 01 / 2019

This inquiry is now completed. The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a review of the efficiency and competitiveness of the Australian superannuation system.

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 (2018)

31 / 05 / 2018

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

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.

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