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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.   …read more

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   …read more

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.   …read more

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;   …read more

Protectionist trade policies bad for Australia

Released 19 / 07 / 2017

The Productivity Commission has today released a Commission research paper.   …read more

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.   …read more

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.   …read more

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.   …read more

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.   …read more

Transitioning regional economies

Released 21 / 04 / 2017

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

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.   …read more

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.   …read more

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   …read more

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.   …read more

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.   …read more

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   …read more

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.   …read more

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.   …read more

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,   …read more

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   …read more