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PC News May 2015

Newsletter of the Productivity Commission - formerly known as PC update.

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Improving Australia's health system: what we can do now

Australia's health care system produces good outcomes by international standards, but parts of the system are not performing as efficiently as they could be.

Australian gas markets - is there a case for policy reform?

A recent Commission Research Paper identifies substantial benefits from the ongoing integration of the eastern Australian gas market with the Asia-Pacific market and investigates major transitional issues.

Housing assistance and employment in Australia

A new Commission Research Paper finds that the answer for public housing tenants is yes, but the reasons have little to do with receipt of housing assistance.

Australia's international tourism industry - what role should government play?

A new Productivity Commission Research Paper examines trends in international tourism to Australia, and points to a number of reforms that would allow the tourism industry to adapt to changing consumer preferences and emerging digital technologies.

What is productivity and how is it measured?

A new Productivity Commission Staff Research Note unpacks the concept of productivity and how it is measured.

Report on Government Services 2015

This year marks the twentieth edition of the Report on Government Services - a remarkable milestone for a unique report providing comparative information on the performance of government services across Australian jurisdictions.

Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage

Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have improved in a number of areas but a significant task remains - several outcomes have not improved, with some getting worse over time.

Expenditure on services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

Estimates in latest Indigenous Expenditure Report contribute to information available to policy makers attempting to address the gap in outcomes between Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander & other Australians.