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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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Early childhood education and care - Public inquiry

28 Jun 2024

This inquiry examined the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, including centre-based day care, preschools, family day care, outside school hours care and in home care. The Commission considered cost and availability barriers that

National Water Reform 2024 - Public inquiry

28 May 2024

The Commission has advised on the progress of all Australian governments in achieving the objectives, outcomes and timelines anticipated under the 2004 Intergovernmental Agreement on a National Water Initiative (NWI).

Philanthropy - Public inquiry

10 May 2024

The Productivity Commission was asked to analyse motivations for philanthropic giving in Australia and identify opportunities to grow it further.

Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Implementation review 2023 - Public inquiry

26 Feb 2024

Under the Water Act 2007 (Cth), the Commission is required to undertake an inquiry every five years into the effectiveness of the implementation of the Basin Plan and water resource plans. This is the second such inquiry conducted by the Commission.

Closing the Gap review - Commissioned study

7 Feb 2024

This is the first review to be conducted every three years. It is to inform the ongoing implementation of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap to highlight areas of improvement and emphasising where additional effort is required.

Future Drought Fund - Public inquiry

26 Sep 2023

This inquiry examined the effectiveness, efficiency and appropriateness of Part 3 of the Future Drought Fund Act 2019. Part 3 covers the processes for allocating funding to activities that support drought resilience.

Carer leave - Public inquiry

15 Sep 2023

This inquiry examined the economic and social impacts of allowing informal carers to take extended unpaid leave from their work to care for older people who are frail and living at home.

Productivity inquiry (2023) - Public inquiry

17 Mar 2023

The Productivity Commission was asked to review Australia's productivity performance and recommend an actionable roadmap to assist governments to make productivity-enhancing reforms.

National School Reform Agreement - Commissioned study

20 Jan 2023

This study examined how well national policy initiatives by the Australian, State and Territory Governments have achieved the objectives and outcomes set out in the National School Reform Agreement.

Australia's maritime logistics system - Public inquiry

9 Jan 2023

This inquiry examined the structural issues affecting the productivity of Australia's maritime logistics system. Long term trends in system performance were analysed, and industrial relations, infrastructure constraints and technology uptake were

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