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.
Regulator Engagement with Small Business
9 Oct 2013
The Australian Government, with the agreement of Council of Australian Governments' (COAG) Business Regulation and Competition Working Group, has requested that the Productivity Commission undertake a 9-month benchmarking study into regulator
Electricity Network Regulation
26 Jun 2013
This inquiry will test whether there are any barriers in the regulatory framework to the greater use of productivity benchmarking by energy networks, which could deliver more efficient outcomes to consumers. It will also examine if efficient levels
Safeguards Inquiry into the Import of Processed Tomato Products
21 Jun 2013
Inquiry into whether safeguard action is warranted against imports of processed tomato products of the Australian Customs Tariff.
Compulsory Licensing of Patents
3 Apr 2013
The Australian Government has asked the Commission to undertake an inquiry into the compulsory licensing provisions in the Patents Act 1990. The purpose of the inquiry is to assess, advise and recommend on the impacts and mechanisms of compulsory
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.
Strengthening Economic Relations between Australia and New Zealand
13 Dec 2012
In 2012, the Australian and New Zealand Productivity Commissions jointly studied the options for further reforms that would increase economic integration and improve economic outcomes.
Regulatory Impact Analysis: Benchmarking
13 Dec 2012
The Australian Government, with the agreement of COAG's Business Regulation and Competition Working Group, has requested that the Productivity Commission undertake a benchmarking study into regulatory impact analysis (RIA) processes.
Default Superannuation Funds in Modern Awards
12 Oct 2012
The Australian Government has announced a 9 month inquiry into default superannuation funds. The Government indicated that the inquiry is expected to commence in January 2012, after formal receipt by the Commission of the terms of reference.
Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation: Role of Local Government as Regulator
18 Jul 2012
The Australian Government, with the agreement of COAG's Business Regulation and Competition Working Group, has requested that the Productivity Commission undertake a benchmarking study into the role of local government as a regulator.
Australia's Export Credit Arrangements
26 Jun 2012
In undertaking the inquiry, the Commission is to consider arrangements for the provision of export credit through the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC).