Each year, the Productivity Commission provides an analysis of Australia’s recent productivity performance, recognising that it is a key determinant of our long-run prosperity.
While output growth in Australia is relatively buoyant, this has not translated into significant productivity growth because growth has reflected input growth rather than ‘doing things better’. The result is that the labour and multifactor productivity performance of the market sector, where measurement of performance is most accurate, has deteriorated further from the previous two years. Economy-wide generalisations do not capture the fact that some industries have experienced strong productivity growth — a story that we emphasise in the Bulletin.
In addition to its usual analysis of current Australian productivity performance, and comparisons with global trends, this Bulletin also considers the linkage between growth in labour productivity and wages, and the far-reaching implications of the resources boom (and its end) on Australia’s productivity outcomes.