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PC productivity insights

Australia's productivity performance has a major influence on real per capita income growth. Productivity growth improves current living standards as well as the nation's capacity to address future challenges such as our ageing population and global economic shocks.

Despite the best efforts of statisticians and economists, the measurement and interpretation of productivity remains a challenge. The insights seek to demystify this commonly used, but easily misunderstood, concept.

Future editions of productivity insights will unpack the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) productivity statistics, and report on the findings of the Commission's most recent research into productivity issues.

Latest Bulletin

Quarterly productivity bulletin – December 2023

20 Dec 2023

This Bulletin unpacks the ABS December 2023 quarterly productivity statistics release and examines trends and new developments underlying Australia’s productivity performance.

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Latest research

Productivity growth and wages – a forensic look

14 Sep 2023

This paper examines the evidence on whether wages have kept up with labour productivity in the past few decades.

Things you can’t drop on your feet: an overview of Australia’s services sector productivity

30 Nov 2022

This paper sheds light on the evolution of the services sector in Australia, busts some common misconceptions about services, and highlights the challenges associated with services productivity measurement and growth.

Australia’s long term productivity experience

19 Nov 2020

This paper describes Australia's long run economic history and highlights the role of productivity in driving living standards.

Can Australia be a productivity leader?

13 Mar 2020

This paper presents Australia’s relative levels of productivity and income compared with other advanced economies.