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Productivity and policy challenges in an environment of pervasive uncertainty

Productivity Commission Chairman, Peter Harris, presented this speech to the Economic and Social Outlook Conference on 20 July 2017 in Melbourne.

Trade and assistance review 2015-16

The review contains the Productivity Commission's latest quantitative estimates of Australian Government assistance to industry.
Discussion paper

Collection models for GST on low value imported goods - discussion paper

This paper highlights key issues and outlines preliminary views for an inquiry into the collection of GST on low value imported goods.

Shifting the dial: 5 year productivity review

This is the first document of its kind for the Productivity Commission — a look out across the landscape of factors and influences that may affect Australia's economic performance over the medium term, in order to offer advice on where our priorities should lie if...
Draft report

Horizontal fiscal equalisation - draft report

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.

2017 Indigenous expenditure report

This expenditure report provides estimates of the levels and patterns of Australian, State and Territory government expenditure on services relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Data are available for 2015-16, with historical data provided for 2012-13, 2010-11 and 2008-09.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) costs: study report

The scale, pace and nature of the changes that the NDIS is driving are unprecedented in Australia. To reach the estimated 475 000 participants in the scheme by 2019 20, the NDIA needs to approve hundreds of plans a day and review hundreds more. The...

Collection models for GST on low value imported goods: inquiry report

This report looks at the legislated model is the best available collection model to extend the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to low value imported goods, and to consider any practical improvements to support its implementation.

Impediments to regional industry adjustment

In 1993, the (then) Industry Commission reported on impediments to regional adjustment of industry, and on ways of facilitating the efficient movement of people and businesses within and between regions.

Transitioning regional economies - study report

This report concludes that much expenditure in regional areas does little to facilitate adjustment and long term development - and that governments could coordinate better and evaluate their activities in Australia's regions.