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Why our Super system needs to be modernised

Released 29 / 05 / 2018

Australia’s $2.6 trillion super system has become an unlucky lottery for many Australian workers and their families. The system is working well for many members, but not for all,' Deputy Chair of the Productivity Commission Karen Chester said

A time for trade policy leadership

Released 26 / 04 / 2018

Global trade policy appears to be at a dangerous cross-roads says the Productivity Commission in its latest Trade and Assistance Review.

The financial system needs a competition champion

Released 07 / 02 / 2018

The early 2000s was the last time Australia's financial system saw a period of fierce competition. If we are to see its like again, we will need a series of policy shifts, and a champion to own them

Mining boom gains still evident in Australia

Released 15 / 12 / 2017

Australia has benefited substantially from the mining investment boom (ending around 2012), with gains still evident around the nation.

2017 Indigenous Expenditure Report

Released 26 / 10 / 2017

The report presents national and state and territory estimates of government expenditure on services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Achieving prosperity needs to focus on a new policy model

Released 24 / 10 / 2017

In the future, we cannot rely on high commodity prices or, given an ageing Australia, labour participation rates, to drive national income.

NDIS costs on track, but some challenges

Released 19 / 10 / 2017

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a better way of providing disability support and care. Once fully implemented, it is expected that around 475 000 people with disability will receive individualised supports, at an estimated cost of $22 billion

National approach needed to prepare for next drought crisis

Released 15 / 09 / 2017

A renewed national water reform agenda is needed so we are prepared for our next severe drought, said a draft report released by the Productivity Commission today.

Industry assistance by any other name

Released 29 / 07 / 2017

Australian industry received over $14 billion in assistance from the Australian Government in 2015-16, continuing the slight downward trend over recent years. Tariffs made up $6.8 billion of this figure; budgetary assistance $4.2 billion; and tax concessions $3.3 billion.

Protectionist trade policies bad for Australia

Released 19 / 07 / 2017

The Productivity Commission has today released a Commission research paper.

Inquiry into the Competitiveness and Efficiency of the Superannuation System

Released 07 / 07 / 2017

The Productivity Commission has today released an issues paper for its 12 month Inquiry into the Competitiveness and Efficiency of the Superannuation System.

Early days, but NDIS costs on track

Released 14 / 06 / 2017

In a position paper released today, the Commission finds that while it is early days in the transition to full scheme, the NDIS is on track in terms of costs.

Overhaul to social housing - well overdue

Released 02 / 06 / 2017

The Productivity Commission has released a draft report that recommends moving to a single model of housing assistance across both social and private rental markets.

Better access to better quality end-of-life care

Released 02 / 06 / 2017

The Productivity Commission has released a draft report that identifies widespread changes are needed to end-of-life care in Australia.

Transitioning regional economies

Released 21 / 04 / 2017

Overall, Australia has benefited substantially from the mining boom, with gains still evident today around the nation

Modern options for better default super

Released 29 / 03 / 2017

The Productivity Commission has released a draft report that identifies possible models to guide employees new to the superannuation system to preferred, simple default super products.

Are we ready for the next millennium drought?

Released 16 / 03 / 2017

Today the Productivity Commission released an issues paper posing the questions they will ask and answer for their National Water Reform Inquiry.

Improving consumer protection

Released 08 / 12 / 2016

Higher penalties, and a fast-tracked, more national approach to ban and recall unsafe products, such as the hoverboards that caused several house fires earlier this year, are among reforms in a Productivity Commission draft report released today.

A new approach to telecommunications universal services

Released 06 / 12 / 2016

The Productivity Commission is recommending a modernised and forward looking approach to the subsidy and support arrangements that form universal telecommunications services in Australia.

How to assess the superannuation system's performance

Released 25 / 11 / 2016

The Productivity Commission has finalised its comprehensive framework to assess the efficiency and competitiveness of Australia's $2 trillion superannuation system.