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Our media releases provide informative statements for media outlets and the wider-community about our broad range of work.

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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.

Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage 2016

Released 17 / 11 / 2016

The 2016 Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage (OID) report shows some positive trends in the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, but also shows outcomes have stagnated or worsened in some areas.

Australia's new data framework puts consumers in control

Released 03 / 11 / 2016

The Productivity Commission is recommending a major overhaul of Australia's data policy framework, including the introduction of a Comprehensive Right to give people more control over their data.

People should be at the centre of the services they use

Released 22 / 09 / 2016

The Productivity Commission has identified six priority areas where the potential to give people a greater say over the human services they use could improve the effectiveness of those services.

Governments need to lift the bonnet on Australia's schools

Released 06 / 09 / 2016

The path to better education outcomes lies in strengthening the capability to identify and evaluate the policies, programs and teaching practices that work best, for whom and in what circumstances, and applying this across the nation's school systems, says a

Better management of Australia's fisheries needed to ensure sustainability and value

Released 31 / 08 / 2016

Slow adoption of best practice in the management of commercial fisheries, and limited recognition of the impacts and value of recreational fishing, are imposing unnecessary costs, constraining community benefits from fisheries, and putting pressure on some stocks, according to the

How to assess the superannuation system's performance

Released 02 / 08 / 2016

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

Productivity Commission warns against backsliding

Released 25 / 07 / 2016

Australian industry received over $15 billion in assistance from the Australian Government in 2014-15, down slightly from last year.

The regulatory burden on farmers must be reduced

Released 21 / 07 / 2016

The Productivity Commission released their draft report on Agriculture Regulation today.

Placing users at the heart of service delivery

Released 16 / 06 / 2016

The Productivity Commission today released more information about its inquiry into Human Services.

Indigenous Primary School Achievement

Released 08 / 06 / 2016

In a research paper released today, the Productivity Commission examines factors that influence the literacy and numeracy achievement of Indigenous primary school students.

Productivity Commission seeks views on evolving Australian telecommunications market

Released 07 / 06 / 2016

The Productivity Commission today called on those interested in the future direction of telecommunications in Australia to contribute to its new public inquiry on the Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation.

Australia's intellectual property system has lost sight of users

Released 29 / 04 / 2016

Action must be taken to rebalance Australia's intellectual property (IP) arrangements, according to a wide-ranging draft report released by the Productivity Commission.

Access to public and private sector big data

Released 18 / 04 / 2016

The Productivity Commission today invited academics, government agencies, private entities with large data holdings (including in finance and social media), organisations interested in data access and members of the community to contribute to its new public inquiry on Data Availability

Productivity Commission wants to hear from regional areas on all aspects of marine fishing

Released 29 / 02 / 2016

As part of its inquiry into Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture, the Productivity Commission will be meeting interested parties in Cairns on Tuesday 8 March and Wednesday 9 March 2016.

Recent Developments in Anti-Dumping Activity

Released 29 / 02 / 2016

The Productivity Commission in a research report released today has found the underlying rationale for having an anti-dumping system is extremely weak, and exists to provide protection to a narrow range of Australian industries rather than to advance the interests