7 Nov 2017

Australia has experienced 26 years of unbroken economic growth. However, this aggregate figure masks stagnant wages growth and a deterioration in the living standards of many in the Australian middle class. The central cause of this deterioration is low and declining levels of business investment,...

Fact sheet

24 Jul 2017

Freight rates are a key factor influencing freight mode choice and the costs of freight-reliant business sectors, such as mining, construction, and the retail and wholesale trades. As such, they affect the profitability of Australian industry. This Information Sheet presents an estimate of interstate freight...

Research report

4 Jul 2017

The stabilisation of the climate system in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change is impossible without the timely phase out of unabated coal from the global energy system. Coal currently accounts for 29 percent of global primary energy supply and generates 44 percent...

Working paper

30 Jun 2017

The aim of this paper is transformation of competition policy. It will show that current competition policy (as practiced in the Western World) has led to decline and losses that can never be measured. In some industries, the results have included higher prices and reduction...

Research report

20 Jun 2017

Despite their size, Australia’s great small cities’ long-term growth rates have matched those in metropolitan cities. There are good prospects for this medium-term economic performance to continue. However, recent economic outcomes have been less impressive, mirroring the general decline in Australia’s economic growth and regional...

Data portal

4 May 2017

Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE) provides comprehensive information about land use, employment and economic activity across the City of Melbourne, making it a valuable research tool.


1 Dec 2016

The committee has decided to table this interim report primarily focused on the issues affecting Arrium, drawing on evidence provided by submitters and witnesses from the Whyalla region. The committee will table a final report by 1 December 2017 which will cover in depth the...

Working paper

29 Feb 2016

In 2009, the Productivity Commission conducted a ‘roots and branch’ inquiry into Australia’s anti–dumping system—the first such inquiry in more than two decades. Though recommending that a system be retained, the Commission proposed various changes to make the system less protectionist and thereby reduce its...



10 Nov 2015

Australia produces great research but it ranks last in the OECD tables for collaboration between researchers and business.

In a debate last week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull noted that other countries with similar academic cultures are “well ahead” on industry engagement with university research....

Briefing paper

15 Oct 2015

This briefing paper shows that the two intercensul periods for Port Hedland were very different. In the 2001-2006, Port Hedland experienced contraction in employment, including the mining industry. The impact of the resources boom is particularly evident with strong job creation and employment growth in...

Briefing paper

15 Oct 2015

This briefing shows that Karratha has been a strong performing economy throughout the 2001- 2006 period. During 2001-2006, Karratha created more jobs, and hence employment, than would have been expected given the specialisation if its industrial base which is highly oriented to the resources industries....

Briefing paper

15 Aug 2015

This briefing paper shows that since 2001 Broome has had a growing, and diverse economic base. The 2006-2011 data in particular suggests that Broome has a number of industry sectors which are growing and are important industries and thus are specialised activities, giving Broome a...

Briefing paper

15 Aug 2015

Throughout the 2001-2011 period, the industries in Greater Bunbury employing the most workers were in Accommodation & Food Services, Construction, Education & Training, Health Care & Assistance, Manufacturing, Public Administration & Safety, Professional, scientific, and technical services, and retailing. Over the period 2001-2006 the fastest...

Briefing paper

15 Aug 2015

This briefing paper shows that since 2001 Geraldton has had a growing and diverse economic base, particularly in the 2006-2011 period. Several industry sectors are specialised activities, giving Geraldton a competitive and comparative advantage. They are large employers thus contributing to the economic base of...

Book review

31 Jul 2015

Governments are in the business of promoting desirable economic and social outcomes and undertaking this business sometimes involves financial aid or subsidies. Subsidies should, of course, be well-designed, such that their benefits exceed their costs. Many are not. Yet even when they are, problems arise:...

Audio program

1 Jun 2015

Employment in Australia seems to be disappearing—and yet Australians are expected to work both more productively and for longer. This raises the question: where will all the jobs come from?

Melbourne-based computer programmer Geoff Hudson suggests an entirely new framework for talking about employment...

Conference paper

20 Apr 2015

Health Care Services (HCS) industry is an important part of the vital, prosperous society. The presence of quality HCS is considered to be crucial for attracting new industries, retaining the existing ones and attributing to the overall social and economic prosperity of the region. However,...

Research report

10 Dec 2014

The Australian Industry Report is a new initiative of the Department of Industry’s Office of the Chief Economist. The report provides an overview and analysis of the major economic factors affecting Australia’s industries.

The Australian economy is home to some 2 million actively trading...


28 Nov 2014

The Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) note the four ambitions of the Competitiveness Agenda (p. 2). In addition, we also acknowledge the four elements used to illustrate the claim that Australia has a poor knowledge transfer base (p. 4)....

Research report

15 May 2014

This paper examines the underlying structure of the Western Australian economy and its transformation over the past ten years. The industries examined are mining and petroleum, manufacturing, services, construction, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, tourism, energy, water, waste; and non-market activities such as public administration and safety,...