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The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has developed a wide-ranging agenda of national reforms. The Productivity Commission has been given the role of reporting to COAG periodically on the economic 'impacts and benefits' of the reforms.
In preparation for its first report, the Commission...
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.
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...
This research report for the study on the impacts of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reforms: Business Regulation and Vocational Education and Training (VET). The report has three sections detailing an overview, Business Regulation and VET.
Effective economic reform promotes productivity growth and...
This paper sets out the main issues being considered by the Commission in this new inquiry.
The federal government has directed the Commission to give consideration to and advise on:
• demand for the workforce’s services, with particular regard to the skill sets...
Australia's future will depend on how well it develops the ‘human capital’ of its population.
A well-performing schooling system is fundamental. It benefits individuals, the functioning and cohesion of society and the performance of the economy. The importance of school education has increased with...
Governments spent over $136 billion on the services covered in this year's report, equivalent to around 13 per cent of Australia's national income.
The report covers:
• Children's services • School education • Vocational education and training • Police services • Court...