Public inquiries and commissioned studies 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.
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Register of Foreign-owned Water Entitlements - Public inquiry
2 Dec 2021
This inquiry examined the effectiveness, costs and benefits of the Register of Foreign Ownership of Water Entitlements. The Register was established in 2017 to provide greater transparency on the level of foreign ownership of water entitlements in
National Water Reform 2020 - Public inquiry
2 Sep 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
Resources Sector Regulation - Commissioned study
10 Dec 2020
The Australian Government has asked the Commission to conduct a study to examine regulations affecting business investment in the resources sector in Australia.
National Transport Regulatory Reform - Public inquiry
1 Oct 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.
Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Five-year assessment - Public inquiry
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.
Regulation of Agriculture - Public inquiry
28 Mar 2017
The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a 9-month public inquiry into the regulatory burden on farm businesses.
A Full Repairing Lease: Inquiry into Ecologically Sustainable Land Management - Industry Commission inquiry report
27 Jan 1998
This report examines the use of Australia's agricultural land and its associated natural resources, particularly surface and ground water and vegetation.
The Automotive Industry - Industry Commission inquiry report
26 May 1997
This report examines assistance arrangements for the automotive industry (passenger and light commercial vehicle sectors) from January 2000.
Implications for Australia of Firms Locating Offshore - Industry Commission inquiry report
26 Aug 1996
This report examines the key factors affecting the decisions of firms to locate offshore.
Packaging and Labelling - Industry Commission inquiry report
14 Feb 1996
This report examines Australian industries supplying packaging and labelling, including the efficiency of downstream industries such as food processing.