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This is the sixteenth edition of the Report, produced by a Steering Committee of senior officials from Australian, State and Territory governments for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). The Steering Committee is chaired by Gary Banks, Chairman of the Productivity Commission.
Mature aged women have greatly increased their participation in paid employment over the past three decades. This report looks at the causes and impact of this continuing trend.
The contribution to total hours worked by people of working age of women aged 45 to...
Key pointsThe weight of Australian children has increased markedly in recent decades, to the point where around 8 per cent are defined as obese (based on Body Mass Index), and 17 per cent as overweight. While the prevalence of obesity may...
The Productivity Commission's 2009 roundtable was organised around the topic Strengthening Evidence-Based Policy in the Australian Federation, and held at Old Parliament House in Canberra on 17-18 August 2009.
Human capital theory supports the view that people with higher levels of education and lower incidences of chronic illness should have higher labour productivity. This paper examines the Australian evidence.
Hourly wages can be used as an indicator of labour productivity. While wages are...
Public and private hospitals are estimated to have similar total costs, according to this report, but there are differences in the composition of costs between the two sectors, with medical and diagnostics, and prostheses more costly in private hospitals; and general hospital costs and capital...