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Completed inquiries

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

Safeguards inquiry into the import of processed fruit products

20 / 12 / 2013

Inquiry into whether safeguard action is warranted against imports of processed fruit products of the Australian Customs Tariff.

Major project development assessment processes

10 / 12 / 2013

The Australian Government has requested the Productivity Commission undertake a study to benchmark Australia's major project development assessment processes against international best practice.

Regulator engagement with small business

09 / 10 / 2013

The Australian Government, with the agreement of Council of Australian Governments' (COAG) Business Regulation and Competition Working Group, has requested that the Productivity Commission undertake a 9-month benchmarking study into regulator engagement with small business.

Electricity network regulation

26 / 06 / 2013

This inquiry will test whether there are any barriers in the regulatory framework to the greater use of productivity benchmarking by energy networks, which could deliver more efficient outcomes to consumers. It will also examine if efficient levels of transmission interconnectors are being delivered to support the efficient operation of the National Electricity Market.

Safeguards inquiry into the import of processed tomato products

21 / 06 / 2013

Inquiry into whether safeguard action is warranted against imports of processed tomato products of the Australian Customs Tariff.

Compulsory licensing of patents

03 / 04 / 2013

The Australian Government has asked the Commission to undertake an inquiry into the compulsory licensing provisions in the Patents Act 1990. The purpose of the inquiry is to assess, advise and recommend on the impacts and mechanisms of compulsory licensing invoked by the Patent Act's public interest and anti-competitive safeguard.

Barriers to effective climate change adaptation

14 / 03 / 2013

The Commission was asked to undertake an inquiry to identify regulations and policies that may be barriers to effective adaptation to climate change, and examine the costs and benefits of options to remove those barriers.

Strengthening economic relations between Australia and New Zealand

13 / 12 / 2012

In 2012, the Australian and New Zealand Productivity Commissions jointly studied the options for further reforms that would increase economic integration and improve economic outcomes.

Regulatory impact analysis: Benchmarking

13 / 12 / 2012

The Australian Government, with the agreement of COAG's Business Regulation and Competition Working Group, has requested that the Productivity Commission undertake a benchmarking study into regulatory impact analysis (RIA) processes.

Default superannuation funds in modern awards

12 / 10 / 2012

The Australian Government has announced a 9 month inquiry into default superannuation funds. The Government indicated that the inquiry is expected to commence in January 2012, after formal receipt by the Commission of the terms of reference.

Performance benchmarking of Australian business regulation: Role of local government as regulator

18 / 07 / 2012

The Australian Government, with the agreement of COAG's Business Regulation and Competition Working Group, has requested that the Productivity Commission undertake a benchmarking study into the role of local government as a regulator.

Australia's export credit arrangements

26 / 06 / 2012

In undertaking the inquiry, the Commission is to consider arrangements for the provision of export credit through the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC).

Impacts of COAG reforms: Business regulation and VET

15 / 05 / 2012

At its March 2008 meeting, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) decided that the Productivity Commission would be requested to report to COAG on the impacts and benefits of COAG's reform agenda every two to three years. Terms of Reference for this commissioned work stream were released by the Australian Government on 16 June 2010.

Education and training workforce: Schools workforce

04 / 05 / 2012

Education and training workforce: Schools workforce

Economic regulation of airport services (2012)

30 / 03 / 2012

A public inquiry into the future regulation and monitoring of airport services and the scope and mechanisms for greater transparency and accountability in airport infrastructure provision and services.

Identifying and evaluating regulation reforms

15 / 12 / 2011

The Commission has been asked by the Australian Government to focus on frameworks and approaches that can most effectively identify areas for regulation reform and methods for evaluating reform outcomes.

Economic structure and performance of the Australian retail industry

09 / 12 / 2011

A public inquiry into the implications of globalisation on the Australian retail sector.

Education and training workforce: Early childhood development

01 / 12 / 2011

The Commission has been asked to provide advice on planning, development and structure of the early childhood sector's workforces in the short, medium and long-term.

Australia's urban water sector

12 / 10 / 2011

The Australian Government has asked the Commission to conduct a public inquiry into Australia's Urban Water Sector.

Disability care and support

10 / 08 / 2011

A public inquiry into a long-term care and support scheme for people with a disability in Australia.