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Few vulnerabilities in Australian supply chains

Released 13 / 08 / 2021

Australia’s supply chains have been disrupted by COVID and trade tensions, but most essential supply chains have proven resilient, according to a report released today by the Productivity Commission.

Closing the Gap: It's not just about the end point, but how we get there

Released 29 / 07 / 2021

The Productivity Commission today released the first Annual Data Compilation Report. It provides a point-in-time snapshot of measurement under the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

Pandemic led to significant new industry assistance

Released 13 / 07 / 2021

Significant new emergency assistance measures — including assistance provided to industry — were rolled out in 2019-20 to help prevent job losses and maintain viable businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Productivity Insights: Recent developments

Released 16 / 06 / 2021

The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on productivity was unprecedented. The effects varied across industries and are continuing to play out throughout Australia.

Making everyday products easy to repair

Released 11 / 06 / 2021

A draft report by the Productivity Commission on a ‘right to repair’ outlines some measures governments could take to assist consumers to get their products repaired.

Service sector key to future wages growth

Released 14 / 04 / 2021

Australia’s economy, like that of almost all other rich countries, is increasingly dominated by its service sector.

New analysis identifies vulnerable supply chains

Released 26 / 03 / 2021

Only a small fraction of Australia’s imports are vulnerable to serious supply disruption, according to a new analysis released by the Productivity Commission.

Simple innovations for chronic health issues could help millions

Released 23 / 03 / 2021

Across Australia, innovations in healthcare are improving the lives of people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes and arthritis.

Australian Governments need to modernise and strengthen the National Water Initiative

Released 11 / 02 / 2021

Water is critical to the economy, our environment and the wellbeing of all Australians.

National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development overdue for replacement

Released 21 / 01 / 2021

A new round of reform for the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system is needed to deliver a more productive workforce for Australia says the Productivity Commission.

Report on Government Services 2021

Released 20 / 01 / 2021

The Report on Government Services provides a public report card on the performance of Australian governments in the delivery of important services to the community.

Improving resources sector regulation can support the COVID-19 recovery

Released 10 / 12 / 2020

Better regulation of the resources sector across Australia would support future investment and build community trust.

Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage 2020

Released 03 / 12 / 2020

The 2020 Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage (OID) report shows mixed outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Four years on from the previous Report there continues to be improvement in many areas of early child development, economic participation and some

Australia's long-term productivity experience

Released 19 / 11 / 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has generated Australia’s worst recession since the Great Depression and brings to an end 28 years of continuous economic growth, making it a significant disruption in our history of economic growth.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be at the centre of evaluation

Released 30 / 10 / 2020

The Productivity Commission today released a proposed Indigenous Evaluation Strategy. The Strategy, which has been delivered to the Government, sets out a new approach to evaluating Australian Government policies and programs.

Victoria's commercial land use zoning

Released 14 / 09 / 2020

The Productivity Commission found that Victoria’s commercial zoning arrangements illustrate the benefits of a more flexible approach to land use, with benefits for the broader community.

Lost decade of income growth for young Australians

Released 30 / 07 / 2020

Young Australians’ incomes are declining while older Australians’ incomes grow. Young people are at risk of being left further behind by the COVID-19 crisis.

Young people suffer more in a weak labour market

Released 27 / 07 / 2020

Young people have been struggling to find employment in their desired occupation, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, and this could have a long-term effect on their career, according to a report released today by the Productivity Commission.

Foreign investment crucial for Australia

Released 23 / 06 / 2020

Foreign investment has always been important for Australia’s economy, for jobs, and is crucial for Australia’s COVID-19 recovery, the Productivity Commission finds in a new research report.

Renewing Australia's VET system - Options for reform

Released 05 / 06 / 2020

Australia’s Vocational, Education and Training (VET) sector is underperforming, excessively complicated and suffers from ad hoc policy approaches, says an interim report released today by the Productivity Commission.