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.
Intellectual Property Arrangements - Public inquiry
20 Dec 2016
The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a 12 month public inquiry into Australia's intellectual property system. This inquiry is now complete.
Migrant Intake into Australia - Public inquiry
12 Sep 2016
A public inquiry into the greater use of charges relative to quotas and qualitative criteria to determine the intake of temporary and permanent entrants into Australia.
Public Safety Mobile Broadband - Commissioned study
12 Jan 2016
Commissioned study into the best way to secure a mobile broadband capability to meet the long term needs of Australia's public safety agencies (PSAs) - the police, fire, ambulance and emergency services.
Workplace Relations Framework - Public inquiry
21 Dec 2015
Public inquiry into the performance of the workplace relations framework and identify improvements to maximise outcomes for Australian employers, employees and the economy.
Business Set-up, Transfer and Closure - Public inquiry
7 Dec 2015
The Australian Government asked the Commission to undertake a public inquiry into the barriers to setting up and closing businesses and identify options for reducing barriers where appropriate.
Service Exports - Commissioned study
7 Dec 2015
This study looked into barriers to growth in Australian services exports, focusing on the education, financial services, health services, information technology, professional services and tourism sectors.
Mutual Recognition Schemes - Commissioned study
25 Sep 2015
Commissioned study into the operation of Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA) and the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement (TTMRA).
Natural disaster funding - Public inquiry
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
Childcare and Early Childhood Learning - Public inquiry
20 Feb 2015
The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a public inquiry into future options for childcare and early childhood learning, with a focus on developing a system that supports workforce participation and addresses
Access to Justice Arrangements - Public inquiry
3 Dec 2014
Inquiry into Australia's system of civil dispute resolution, with a focus on constraining costs and promoting access to justice and equality before the law.