Productivity

Report

11 Dec 2017

This year’s report attempts to lay out the facts of Tasmania’s economic situation in order to promote a broader and deeper understanding of Tasmania’s strengths and weaknesses, The belief is that, this will in turn facilitate both a stronger appetite for change, and a greater...

Strategy

27 Nov 2017

We have many strengths on which we can build, and some weaknesses we need to address. As we leave the European Union we need to raise our game at home and on the world stage. This can be done if we seize the opportunities...

Report

18 Nov 2017

The Norfolk Island economy is in a state of crisis and on its current trajectory is heading towards a disaster in which many businesses and families will suffer substantially.

This crisis is a result of the manner of intervention by the Australian...

Report

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,...

Commentary

30 Oct 2017

The Productivity Commission’s latest report on Australia’s economy-wide productivity performance, will hearten those who want governments to play the policy-leadership role that Coalition MPs often seem uncomfortable with. In its discussion of healthcare, the report provides grounds both for optimism and for cynicism — optimism...

Report

24 Oct 2017

This is the first document of its kind for the Productivity Commission — a look out across the landscape of factors and influences that may affect Australia’s economic performance over the medium term, in order to offer advice on where our priorities should lie...

Working paper

29 Aug 2017

Women are paid less, but aren’t less valuable. We blame sexism.

As in other OECD countries, women in New Zealand earn substantially less than men with similar observable characteristics. In this paper, we use a decade of annual wage and productivity data from...

Report

28 Aug 2017

For a small open economy like Australia, which specialises in commodity exports, fluctuations in the terms of trade and productivity growth are the primary drivers of per capita income growth. Because the global mining sector responds to higher commodity prices by expanding capacity, the terms...

Report

16 Aug 2017

In 2006, Access Economics quantified the impact and estimated impact of both the financial costs and the loss of wellbeing from hearing loss in Australia in 2005. The Hearing Care Industry Association (HCIA) has commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to update this report for 2017, with...

Journal article

14 Aug 2017

An orbital-class rocket with a 3D-printed engine launches into space from the Mähia Peninsula. A self-driving car crosses the Auckland Harbour Bridge. A pizza company begins testing delivery using airborne drones. While these may sound like things of science fiction, they are in fact stories...

Research report

10 Aug 2017

This report provides advice to financial investors on the state of New Zealand's economy and it's labour market productivity in particular. The report advises as follows:

New Zealand has been in a productivity recession since 2012. Not that you’d notice from headline GDP numbers,...

Report

8 Aug 2017

This is the Sleep Health Foundation's third commissioned report since 2003. These reports provide the foundations for policy changes to improve the wellbeing, health and productivity of all Australians.

This report shows that four out of every ten Australians are suffering from inadequate sleep....

Statistics

31 Jul 2017

The Winter 2017 edition of the NSW Economic Update presents a current snapshot of the NSW economy and provides relevant points of comparison with other Australian States and Territories.

For six quarters running, New South Wales has been the best performing State in Australia....

Report

29 Jul 2017

The review contains the Commission's latest quantitative estimates of Australian Government assistance to industry.

This year's review also explores how recent developments such as the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, assistance responses to Arrium going into receivership and other events in the Upper Spencer Gulf,...

Presentation

20 Jul 2017

Productivity Commission Chairman Peter Harris presented a speech to the Economic and Social Outlook Conference on 20 July 2017 in Melbourne.

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When the organisers met with me to set the agenda for this conference session months ago, it was the first time...

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20 Jul 2017

When the organisers met with me to set the agenda for this conference session months ago, it was the first time since I have been in Chairman of the Productivity Commission – four years now - that we could not find a consensus and commit...

Research report

11 Jul 2017

The Monthly Economic Review is an overview of the New Zealand economy. It includes the latest data on New Zealand’s economic growth, unemployment, inflation, merchandise trade and balance of payments figures, along with certain financial data (such as the Reserve Bank’s official cash rate). The...

Statistics

7 Jul 2017

The purpose of this paper is to present a range of economic and other statistical indicators for the states and territories of Australia. To facilitate comparisons, indicators are presented in relative terms such as growth rates, percentages, or proportions of gross state product, so comparisons...

Commentary

26 Jun 2017

Investing in regional cities’ economic performance makes good sense. Contrary to popular opinion, new research out today shows regional cities generate national economic growth and jobs at the same rate as big metropolitan cities. They are worthy of economic investment in their own right –...

Article

23 Jun 2017

Does the Australian government have the policy, organisational and conceptual capacity to handle the country’s A$6 trillion housing stock? We ask this question in a newly released research report . The answer is critically important to both household opportunity and prosperity, and to the management...