Public inquiries give the opportunity for all points of view in the community to be heard and considered. All individuals, firms, groups and organisations with an interest in an inquiry can participate in the inquiry.
Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Five-year assessment
25 Jan 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.
National Water Reform
31 May 2018
The Commission was asked to undertake an inquiry into the reform of Australia's water resources sector.
Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture
24 May 2017
This inquiry was asked to consider whether there are opportunities to improve fisheries regulations without compromising fishery policy and environmental objectives.
Regulation of Agriculture
28 Mar 2017
The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a 9-month public inquiry into the regulatory burden on farm businesses.
Natural Disaster Funding
1 May 2015
The Australian Government has asked the Commission to undertake a public inquiry into the efficacy of current national natural disaster funding arrangements, taking into account the priority of effective natural disaster mitigation and the reduction
Mineral and Energy Resource Exploration
5 Mar 2014
The Australian Government asked the Commission to undertake a 12-month inquiry into the non-financial barriers to mineral and energy resource exploration.
Major Project Development Assessment Processes
10 Dec 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.
Barriers to Effective Climate Change Adaptation
14 Mar 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.
Australia's Urban Water Sector
12 Oct 2011
The Australian Government has asked the Commission to conduct a public inquiry into Australia's Urban Water Sector.
Emission Reduction Policies and Carbon Prices in Key Economies
9 Jun 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.