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Discussion paper

Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Five year assessment - issues paper

This issues paper has been released to assist participants in preparing a submission to the inquiry to assess the effectiveness of the implementation of the Basin Plan and water resource plans.
Report

Contribution of the not for profit sector

In addition to being a key service provider, the role of the sector in promoting social cohesion, raising civic awareness and facilitating participation in community activities — all of which have indirect economic and social benefits — is increasingly acknowledged by policymakers. Against this backdrop...
Report

Introducing competition and informed user choice into human services: Reforms to human services - inquiry report

This inquiry examined policy options that apply the principles of informed user choice, competition and contestability to the provision of human services. Desirable though they may be, applying these principles has proven to be neither simple nor without cost.
Discussion paper

Compensation and rehabilitation for veterans: issues paper

This issues paper has been released by the Productivity Commission to assist participants in preparing a submission to the inquiry into Compensation and Rehabilitation for Veterans.
Report

Trade and assistance review 2016-17

This review contains the Productivity Commission's latest quantitative estimates of Australian government assistance to industry. This year's review also explores how Australia should best respond to the USA using its leverage to protect their domestic industries.
Report

Paid parental leave: support for parents with newborn children: inquiry report

The Australian government's statutory paid parental leave scheme should be taxpayer-funded, and should provide paid postnatal leave for a total of 18 weeks that can be shared by eligible parents, at the adult federal minimum wage, according to this report.
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Trade and assistance review 2007-08

The review contains the Commission's latest quantitative estimates of Australian Government assistance to industry and documents the findings of the major reviews dealing with export assistance, innovation policy, and assistance to the automotive and the textiles, clothing and footwear sectors. The review also look at...
Report

Assessing Local Government Revenue Raising Capacity

Key points - The ratio of local government own-source revenue to GDP is about 2 per cent. - The ratio of rates revenue (the only tax instrument of councils) to GDP decreased from 1.0 per cent to 0.9 per cent between 1990-91 and 2005-06. -...
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Review of the Australian Consumer Product Safety System

The current regulatory system plays a necessary and important role in identifying and removing unsafe products through recalls, bans and standards. Overall, the regulatory system, in combination with other mechanisms, delivers a reasonable level of product safety, as expected by Australian consumers. Nevertheless there is...
Report

Geographic Labour Mobility

This study contributes to understanding of why people move. Commissioner Alison McClelland said: "For individuals, life events and family circumstances appear to be the most important factors in decisions whether to relocate for work. Factors related to housing, employment, local infrastructure and a person's level...