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An efficient superannuation system is critical to help Australia meet the economic and fiscal challenges of an ageing population. The superannuation system has accumulated over $2 trillion in assets. Given the system’s size and growth, the system is of central importance to funding the economy...
This year marks the nineteenth edition of the Report on Government Services. The Report is produced by a Steering Committee of senior officials from Australian, State and Territory governments for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). The Steering Committee was chaired during 2013 by Peter...
This report is the latest in a series, initiated by COAG, directed at benchmarking different areas of state and territory regulation in terms of the relative burdens on business. For this study, the Commission was asked to examine the extent to which different approaches to...
This report assesses the influence of the current system of Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation (HFE) on productivity, efficiency and economic growth; the incentives for the states to undertake reforms that improve the operation of their jurisdictions; and on the states’ abilities to prepare and deliver annual...
The focus of performance reporting in this chapter is on emergency services for fire events. Descriptive information is included on emergency services for other events, with performance reporting to be developed for future Reports.
The basic premise of HFE - fiscal equity in the Australian federation - has broad support, although it is now under significant strain as Western Australia's share of the GST has fallen to an extreme low.
The Commission has been asked to examine whether the efficiency and effectiveness of human services could be improved by introducing greater competition, contestability and informed user choice. The terms of reference request that the inquiry be undertaken in two parts: the first is to identify...
This report aims to promote awareness about the performance of government services and help drive improvements.
There are a number of improvements in this year's Report, including the introduction of sector summaries in all broad reporting areas (Early childhood, education and training, Justice, Emergency...
The Productivity Commission sees the main purpose for this inquiry as being to check that the legislated model is the best means to extend the GST to low value imported goods, and to identify any practical improvements to support effective implementation.