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.
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.
National Access Regime (2013)
10 Feb 2014
The Australian Government has asked the Commission to undertake a 12 month inquiry into the National Access Regime.
Safeguards Inquiry into the Import of Processed Fruit Products
20 Dec 2013
Inquiry into whether safeguard action is warranted against imports of processed fruit products of the Australian Customs Tariff.
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.
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.