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The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission (the Commission) to undertake an inquiry into the regulatory burden on farm businesses, with a focus on regulations that have a material impact on the competitiveness and productivity of Australian agriculture.
The Commission has released this...
The report is a broad ranging assessment of Australia's workplace relations (WR) framework, considering current laws, institutions and practices. It uses an economywide approach, looking at possible reforms that, where merited, are likely to enhance the welfare of Australians as a whole.
Australia provides statutory protection for intellectual property through patents, trade marks, geographical indications, registered designs, plant breeders’ rights, copyright, moral rights, performers’ rights and circuit layout rights. Current laws are consistent with treaties under the auspices of the World Trade Organization, the...
Australia’s and New Zealand’s mutual recognition schemes are unique in the world by their extensive scope and coverage. They make it easier to do business across borders and give consumers a wider and more competitive range of goods and services.
This report was released...
Key pointsThe total value of Australian service exports was $57 billion in 2013-14 and about 17 per cent of total exports. The six services sectors covered in this study — tourism, education, financial services, professional services, information technology and health services — accounted...
The Productivity Commission invites examination of the draft report, and written submissions by Friday 18 September 2015.
The draft report is a broad-ranging assessment of Australia's workplace relations framework, considering current laws, institutions and practices. It uses an economy-wide approach, looking at possible reforms...
Australian Productivity Commission Chairman Peter Harris presents a talk about the draft recommendations from the Workplace Relations Framework public inquiry.
In 2013-14, labour productivity growth in both the Australian economy and the 12-industry market sector (which accounts for 65 per cent of the economy) was close to the trend of the last two and half decades.
This edition of the PC...
This report is a detailed analysis of two aspects of superannuation policy affecting the post-retirement phase:What might happen if the age that individuals can access their superannuation (the 'preservation age') were raised? Is the way people draw down their superannuation, and in particular,...
In 2013-14, Australian industry received over $17 billion in gross assistance from the Australian Government through budgetary outlays, tax concessions and tariffs according to the latest annual trade and assistance review by the Productivity Commission.
Notably, budgetary assistance to industry in 2013-14 was about...