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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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Business reforms long overdue

Released 21 / 05 / 2015

Governments can do more to reduce impediments to setting up and closing businesses, according to a draft report released by the Productivity Commission today.

International students make a significant contribution to Australia but there are risks and challenges

Released 30 / 04 / 2015

This paper focuses on the two key policy levers the Government has at its disposal to influence International Education Services.

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Efficiency in Health

Released 23 / 04 / 2015

The Commission has identified significant opportunities to improve the efficiency of Australia's health care system, based on a roundtable it held with health policy experts.

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Changing public housing rent settings unlikely to boost employment among tenants

Released 09 / 04 / 2015

A recommendation to move public housing tenants to market rents, while allowing them to receive Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA), has been made repeatedly over the past two decades.

The Eastern Australian Gas Market - Challenges and opportunities for reform

Released 31 / 03 / 2015

The paper identifies substantial benefits from the ongoing integration of the eastern Australian gas market with the Asia-Pacific region as well as a number of transitional issues.

Further reform to support Australia's international tourism industry

Released 26 / 02 / 2015

In releasing a research paper on Australia's international tourism industry today, Commissioner Warren Mundy said that 'while there has been strong growth in international tourism over the past two decades, the tourism industry will need both further innovation and adaptable

Report on Government Services 2015

Released 28 / 01 / 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.

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Productivity Commission release issues papers on workplace relations

Released 22 / 01 / 2015

The Productivity Commission has today released a suite of five issues papers relating to its current public inquiry into the performance of the Australian workplace relations framework.

2014 Indigenous Expenditure Report

Released 12 / 12 / 2014

The 2014 Indigenous Expenditure Report was released on 12 December 2014. Total direct expenditure on services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in 2012-13 was estimated to be $30.3 billion, accounting for 6.1 per cent of total direct general

Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2014

Released 26 / 11 / 2014

The Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2014 report measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Australians. The latest edition was released on 19 November.

Retailing and dairy manufacturing input costs and policy implications

Released 10 / 10 / 2014

The Productivity Commission released today two reports into input costs and their policy implications, they are: Relative Cost of Doing Business in Australia: Dairy Product Manufacturing; and Relative Costs of Doing Business in Australia: Retail Trade.

Natural Disaster Funding Arrangements

Released 25 / 09 / 2014

The Commission is recommending financial support to the states and territories for natural disaster relief and recovery be reduced while mitigation funding be increased to encourage governments to manage natural disaster risks more sustainably and equitably.

Government assistance to industry

Released 27 / 06 / 2014

The Commission's Trade and Assistance review found that in 2012-13 Australian industry received $15.6 billion gross in assistance from the Australian Government through budgetary outlays, tax concessions and import tariffs.

Australian adult literacy above OECD average

Released 29 / 05 / 2014

Australian adults are above the OECD average in literacy but only average in numeracy, according to a staff paper released by the Productivity Commission.

Australia's productivity performance

Released 29 / 04 / 2014

The Chairman of the Productivity Commission, Peter Harris, has released the 2014 edition of the PC Productivity Update. This edition provides the Commission's perspective on the latest developments underpinning Australia's productivity performance.

Report on Government Services 2014

Released 28 / 01 / 2014

This year marks the nineteenth edition of the Report on Government Services. The Report is produced by a Steering Committee of senior officials from Australian, State and Territory governments for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

Valuing environmental outcomes

Released 14 / 01 / 2014

A new Productivity Commission Staff Working Paper provides an up to date guide to valuing environmental outcomes. The paper concludes that non-market assessments can, if handled effectively, make a valuable contribution to policy and project assessment, including for major projects.