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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...

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.

Australia's antidumping and countervailing system

Australia's anti-dumping and countervailing system seeks to remedy material injurious effects of dumped or subsidised imports on Australian industries. This inquiry report makes recommendations to address a number of deficiencies in the current arrangements which can add to the costs for the community. In particular...

Challenges, threats and opportunities for Australian international trade

This speech by Productivity Commission Chairman Peter Harris to the European Australian Business Council discusses the importance of Europe to Australia's international trade.
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.

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.

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.

Workforce participation rates: how does Australia compare?

This paper examines the comparability of international workforce participation rates and seeks to better understand the magnitude of the gap between Australia's workforce participation rates and those of other OECD countries.

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...

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. -...