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Completed inquiries

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

Caring for older Australians

08 / 08 / 2011

In undertaking the inquiry, the Commission had developed options for further structural reform of the aged care system so it can meet the challenges facing it in coming decades.

Rural research and development corporations

15 / 06 / 2011

This public inquiry will consider the economic and policy rationale for Australian Government investment in rural research and development.

Emission reduction policies and carbon prices in key economies

09 / 06 / 2011

The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a study on the effective carbon prices that result from emission-reduction and other relevant policies in Australia and other key economies.

Performance benchmarking of Australian business regulation: Planning, zoning and development assessments

16 / 05 / 2011

Commissioned study into the Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation: Planning, Zoning and Development Assessments.

Education and training workforce: Vocational education and training

05 / 05 / 2011

The Commission has been asked to consider factors affecting the current and future demand for both the VET workforce as a whole - including trainers and assessors in enterprises, adult community education and community organisations - and the TAFE workforce as a subset.

Bilateral and regional trade agreements

13 / 12 / 2010

This study examines the impact of bilateral and regional trade agreements on trade and investment barriers and on Australia's trade and economic performance.

Wheat export marketing arrangements

28 / 10 / 2010

A public inquiry into the effectiveness of the Wheat Export Marketing Act 2008 and the Wheat Export Accreditation Scheme 2008 in meeting their objectives.

Gambling (2010)

23 / 06 / 2010

A public inquiry to provide an update on developments in the Australian gambling industry since the Commission's 1999 report.

Australia's anti-dumping and countervailing system

27 / 05 / 2010

The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake an inquiry into the effectiveness and impact of Australia's anti-dumping and countervailing system.

Performance benchmarking of Australian business regulation: Occupational health and safety

06 / 04 / 2010

Commissioned study into Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation: Occupational Health and Safety.

Market mechanisms for recovering water in the Murray-Darling Basin

31 / 03 / 2010

A study undertaken by the Commission into Market Mechanisms for Recovering Water in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Contribution of the not-for-profit sector

11 / 02 / 2010

The Productivity Commission received terms of reference from the Government on 17 March 2009 asking it to undertake a commissioned study on the contributions of the not for profit sector.

Executive remuneration

04 / 01 / 2010

The Productivity Commission has been asked to undertake a public inquiry into the regulatory framework around remuneration of directors and executives of companies regulated under the Corporations Act.

Performance benchmarking of Australian business regulation: Food safety

22 / 12 / 2009

Commissioned study into the Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation: Food Safety.

Performance of public and private hospital systems

10 / 12 / 2009

A commissioned study which examines the relative performance of the public and private hospital systems, and related data issues.

Government drought support

12 / 05 / 2009

A public inquiry into the current government drought support arrangements in Australia with the aim of identifying the most appropriate way for governments to assist farmers, farm businesses and farm dependent rural small businesses to improve their self-reliance and preparedness for drought events.

Paid maternity, paternity and parental leave

12 / 05 / 2009

A public inquiry into paid maternity, paternity and paternal leave concentrating on support for parents of newborn children up to the age of two years.

Regulatory burden on the upstream petroleum (Oil and gas) sector

30 / 04 / 2009

A study commissioned to review the regulatory burden on the upstream petroleum sector in Australia.

Review of mutual recognition schemes (2009)

06 / 02 / 2009

The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a review of the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) and the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement (TTMRA).

Performance benchmarking of Australian business regulation: Quantity and quality / Cost of business registration

12 / 12 / 2008

A commissioned study into benchmarking regulatory quality and quantity, and business registration costs.