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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.   …read more

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.   …read more

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   …read more

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.   …read more

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.   …read more

Centring Indigenous people in evaluation is key to better outcomes

Released 03 / 06 / 2020

The Productivity Commission today outlined a plan to improve the evaluation of policies and programs affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.   …read more

Rules-based trade remains a high priority for Australia

Released 29 / 04 / 2020

The rules-based global trading system is at risk due to the failure to appoint new judges to the World Trade Organisation’s Appellate Body, leaving it unable to rule on appeals,   …read more

A new approach to NT children and family services needed

Released 08 / 04 / 2020

A report released today by the Productivity Commission calls for a fundamental change in approach to the way the Commonwealth and NT Governments fund children and family services.   …read more

Better regulation will support investment and build community trust in the resources sector

Released 24 / 03 / 2020

Government commitment to improve regulation for mining and gas projects will have benefits for both industry and the wider community according to a Productivity Commission report released today.   …read more

Population growth and climate change call for a new water policy approach

Released 18 / 03 / 2020

Australian water policy faces major challenges in coming decades to maintain urban liveability and green open space according to a Productivity Commission report.   …read more

Remote area tax concessions and payments

Released 26 / 02 / 2020

The final study report looks at the effects of the zone tax offset, remote area allowance and remote area concessions for fringe benefits tax on people and businesses in remote   …read more

Report on Government Services 2020

Released 23 / 01 / 2020

The Report on Government Services is a vital tool in providing information to the community and holding all Australian governments accountable for the effectiveness and efficiency of government services.   …read more

Transport reforms - On the right track but running late

Released 12 / 11 / 2019

Reform in the transport sector has been disappointingly slow and has not delivered the expected productivity gains, according to a draft report released today by the Productivity Commission.   …read more

A new approach to NT children and family services needed

Released 08 / 11 / 2019

A draft report released today by the Productivity Commission found that a fundamental change in approach is needed to better coordinate funding decisions between the two governments.   …read more

Mental ill-health and suicide cost Australia nearly $500 million per day

Released 31 / 10 / 2019

The Productivity Commission estimates that mental ill-health and suicide are costing Australia up to $180 billion per year and treatment and services are not meeting community expectations.   …read more

Affordability is the key challenge for a growing number of vulnerable private renters

Released 25 / 09 / 2019

Private rental market affordability has remained steady in Australia, but there has been a rapid rise in the number of low-income renters.   …read more

Remote area tax concessions and payments need an overhaul

Released 04 / 09 / 2019

The Commission has called for an overhaul of remote area tax concessions and payments so they are better targeted and fairer.   …read more

Demand driven university system gets a mixed report card

Released 17 / 06 / 2019

The ‘demand driven higher education system’ drove a surge in domestic undergraduate enrolments between 2010 and 2017.   …read more

World trade faces biggest challenges since 1930's

Released 12 / 06 / 2019

The world trading system is under greater strain than at any time since the 1930s and can no longer be taken for granted, the Productivity Commission finds in its latest   …read more

Reforms are needed to enable greater scrutiny of airport performance

Released 06 / 02 / 2019

Australian airports are investing to meet soaring demand for travel, and operate efficiently by world standards, but Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth airports should be required to provide more information   …read more