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Supporting research and data

Commission staff undertake supporting research and analysis, data compilation and model development in support of our inquiry and study activity.

Impact of climate risk on insurance premiums and availability

05 / 07 / 2024

The Productivity Commission made a submission to the Senate Select Committee on the Impact of Climate Risk on Insurance Premiums and Availability inquiry.

Understanding and utilisation of benefits under Free Trade Agreements

21 / 06 / 2024

The Productivity Commission made a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth. This submission draws mainly on the Commission’s work on trade and relates to the inquiry's terms of reference (TOR) parts a to d.

Review of the Report on Government Services and Performance Reporting Dashboard

12 / 06 / 2024

The Review of Government Service Provision (RGSP) Secretariat made a submission to the Council on Federal Financial Relations' Review of the Report on Government Services and Performance Reporting Dashboard.

Why are investment hurdle rates so high? Risk or market power?

06 / 06 / 2024

This staff working paper discusses the implications for investment and productivity, and questions the role of market power in Australia and the measurement of intangible capital and the risk-free rate.

Adopting Artificial Intelligence (AI)

31 / 05 / 2024

The Productivity Commission made a submission to the Senate Select Committee on Adopting Artificial Intelligence (AI). The submission makes three key points in relation to opportunities to adopt AI in ways that will benefit economic growth, drawing from the Commission’s recent research.

Competition review: merger reform

11 / 04 / 2024

This Commission submission is in response to a request by the Treasury's Competition Taskforce.

Pharmacy Business Ownership

09 / 02 / 2024

This Commission submission covers aspects of the Inquiry into Queensland's Pharmacy Business Ownership Bill 2023.

An iterative method for solving CGE models

26 / 10 / 2023

This paper presents a solution method for computable general equilibrium (CGE) models, an alternative to the conventional methods based on matrix inversion and mathematical solvers.

Negotiating trade and investment agreements

02 / 10 / 2023

This Commission submission argues among other things that broad and active consultation is required for agreements contribute to community-wide wellbeing and avoid being biased toward sectoral interests.

Commonwealth bilateral air service agreements

20 / 09 / 2023

This Commission submission makes two key points: Benefits of further liberalisation and transparent cost-benefit analysis.

Worsening rental crisis in Australia

18 / 09 / 2023

This Commission submission draws on the Commission’s published work on private renters and rental policy issues.

What can we learn about industries’ vulnerability to overseas price shocks from Merchandise trade data in BLADE?

23 / 06 / 2023

This paper by Melisa Bubonya, Catherine de Fontenay, Tyler Reysenbach, Phillip Smith and James Thiris introduces an alternative Australian dataset that provides insight into the use of inputs in different industries, and the likely impact of a cost shock on each of those industries.

Promoting economic dynamism, competition and business formation

06 / 04 / 2023

This Commission submission considers recent trends in key indicators of dynamism — firm entry and exit, concentration, price-markups, labour market mobility and investment.

National Electric Vehicle Strategy

21 / 11 / 2022

This Commission submission focusses on some of the issues raised in the National Electric Vehicle Strategy consultation paper.

Head in the cloud: Firm performance and cloud service

26 / 10 / 2022

This paper by Henry McMillan, Tim Murray, Catherine de Fontenay and Ralph Lattimore was presented at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) joint conference on the Economic implications of the digital economy in Sydney on 9-10 March 2022.

Work and care

08 / 09 / 2022

The submission summarises some observations from several Commission reports published over the last decade that address some aspects of work and care that are particularly relevant and still current.

Australian Business Securitisation Fund

06 / 05 / 2022

The Productivity Commission made a submission to the Australian Business Securitisation Fund (ABSF) Review. The submission looks at how the ABSF can impact small and medium enterprise lending markets.

Quality initial teacher education review

25 / 02 / 2022

The Productivity Commission made a submission to the Quality Initial Teacher Education Review. The submission explores issues with attracting high-quality ITE candidates to teaching, including related issues with teacher shortages in specific areas, and looks at research on teacher training and the importance of ongoing professional development.

Australian manufacturing industry

17 / 09 / 2021

The Productivity Commission made a submission to the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into the Australian Manufacturing Industry. The submission addresses the role that the Australian manufacturing industry has played, is playing and will play in the future and the role that government can play in assisting our domestic manufacturing industry.

Part IIIB – Why there is no economic case for additional access regulations

27 / 08 / 2021

This paper by Stephen King was a background paper for a presentation to a session of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) / Australian Energy Regulator (AER) Regulatory Conference.


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The Commission has a statutory mandate to conduct a program of research to support its inquiries, annual reporting and other responsibilities, including promoting community awareness and understanding of various productivity and regulatory issues.

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