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This paper outlines key issues for an inquiry into the barriers to setting up, transferring and closing a business, and invites submissions from the public.
In undertaking this inquiry, the Commission has been asked by the Australian Government to conduct a...
Assesses the cost structures of businesses operating in the Australian retail trade industry, including costs relative to international competitors.
Key pointsThe Australian retail sector comprises more than 133 000 businesses contributing around 5 per cent of GDP and 9 per cent...
The costs of doing business in the retail sector are inflated by unnecessary regulations, argues this report.
The retail industry provides a key intermediary service between producers and consumers of final goods. The sector contributes almost 5 per cent to GDP...
Australian adults are above the OECD average in literacy but only average in numeracy, according to a staff paper released by the Productivity Commission.
The paper analyses the profile of adult literacy and numeracy skills in Australia, and how important those skills are for...
Summary: This publication was released on 29 April 2014 and in this edition the Commission analyses the latest ABS productivity statistics and comments on new developments underlying Australia's recent productivity performance.
Features in this edition are:2013 Australian productivity the effect of...
This paper introduces a study into the cost structures of the retail trade industry, and invites the public to make submissions.
Within the broader context of the relative costs of doing business in Australia, the Australian Government has asked the Productivity...
Summary : The framework set out in this paper provides guidance for auditing the performance of regulators in regard to the compliance costs they impose on business and other regulated entities. It complements other frameworks that are used to assess the performance of regulators...
The overriding message of this draft report is the need for a comprehensive overhaul of processes in the assessment and development of public infrastructure projects.There are numerous examples of poor value for money arising from inadequate project selection. Without reform, more spending will...
Introduction: This report provides a description of resource exploration, the role of governments, and examines the exploration licencing process.
It summarises the regulatory approvals that explorers are required to obtain in order to undertake mineral and energy resource exploration, specifically in relation to...
Analyses the effectiveness of Australia's National Access Regime, which aims to ensure all firms can access essential infrastructure, and examines potential reform options.
The National Access Regime is a regulatory framework that provides an avenue for firms to access certain ‘essential’ infrastructure services owned...