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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.