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Productivity impacts from improved broadband: firm-level analysis
This research shows that firms that switch from DSL to fibre/cable-based broadband experience increased productivity growth. Growth is highest in the year immediately following adoption of high-speed broadband.
Advancing prosperity: 5 year productivity review
If Australia is to continue to grow its economy and increase individual prosperity, productivity policy should focus on key emerging trends like the shift towards service industries, according to this final report of the 5-year Productivity Inquiry.
How do mass lay-offs affect regional economies?
Mass lay-offs from firms and plant restructuring occur regularly, and can have potentially large consequences on places and communities. This paper estimates the impact of mass lay-offs between 2008-18 across small regions in Europe on regional employment and productivity.
Australia's future migration system
In response to the discussion paper for the federal government’s migration policy review released in November 2022, this paper outlines future trends that Australia’s migration system will confront, the principles that should guide the future system, and policy recommendations in line with these principles.
Lost at sea: an assessment of the Productivity Commission’s report on container port productivity
This research challenges the methodology and conclusions of a recent Productivity Commission study of productivity in Australia’s container port system. The report suggests that the Commission’s exercise was ideologically motivated, and failed to properly interpret its own data.
Free to be flexible? The politics of new ways of working
London workers overwhelmingly disapprove of politicians urging people to not work from home too often, or suggesting those who do so are less hardworking, at the same time as over half say the cost of living is likely to discourage them from commuting into the...
A migration system for Australia’s future: discussion paper
This discussion paper seeks the views of interested individuals and organisations on the key elements of a future-focused and transformative strategy that will allow Australia to fully realise the potential of migration.
Mental health and the workplace: how can employers improve productivity through wellbeing?
Poor mental health is a cost to individuals, the community and the economy. This report focuses on the interventions and investments that businesses can make to improve productivity through wellbeing.
5-year Productivity Inquiry: a more productive labour market - interim report
The Productivity Commission’s sixth interim report in its 5-year Productivity Inquiry investigates how workers can boost the nation’s productivity. It explores how Australia might make our business environment more adaptable and flexible, no matter what the future of work looks like.
Treasury Round Up: Productivity edition - October 2022
This edition of the Treasury Round Up looks at a range of issues that affect productivity in the Australian economy.
5-year Productivity Inquiry: from learning to growth - interim report
As part of its 5-year Productivity Inquiry, the Productivity Commission has released this interim report outlining potential opportunities to improve Australia’s school and tertiary education systems.
5-year Productivity Inquiry: a competitive, dynamic and sustainable future - interim report
The Productivity Inquiry focuses on the enablers of productivity growth in a modern, market-based, service-oriented world. This fourth interim report investigates how policy can address key challenges and opportunities facing the business environment.
5-year Productivity Inquiry: innovation for the 98% - interim report
The Productivity Inquiry focuses on the enablers of productivity growth in a modern, market-based and service-oriented world. This third interim report explores how encouraging innovation across the vast majority of Australian businesses and in the government sector can improve Australia's productivity.
Lifting productivity at Australia’s container ports: between water, wharf and warehouse - draft report
This draft report examines the performance of Australia's maritime logistics system. Long-term trends in system performance are analysed, and competition, industrial relations, infrastructure constraints and technology uptake are also examined.
Policies for resilient local economies
The COVID-19 pandemic has critically tested OECD economies, with major differences in economic repercussions at the subnational level. This paper reviews the empirical evidence for effective policies from across the OECD to strengthen local economic resilience through support for people, firms and places.
Jobs and Skills Summit: outcomes
The Jobs and Skills Summit brought Australians together to work constructively on the challenges and opportunities facing the Australian labour market and economy. A major objective emerging from the summit was the promotion of full employment and growing productivity for the benefit of all Australians.
Think big: a new mission statement for Australia
In this keynote address to the 2022 Skills and Jobs Summit, Grattan Institute CEO, Danielle Wood, urges Australia’s leaders to forge a plan for full employment and higher productivity.
Maximising opportunities in the industries of the future
In this paper, the Business Council of Australia identifies the critical resets needed to diversify Australia's economy and maximise opportunities in the industries of the future.
Better harnessing Australia’s talent: five facts for the summit
The e61 Institute has published this research to help guide policy-makers and stakeholders at the upcoming Jobs and Skills Summit being held in Canberra on 1-2 September 2022. The research identifies five key facts using detailed analysis of firm-level and worker-level data.
Jobs and Skills Summit - maintaining full employment and growing productivity
The Business Council of Australia has prepared this discussion paper ahead of the upcoming Jobs and Skills Summit.
5-year Productivity Inquiry: Australia’s data and digital dividend - interim report
The Productivity Inquiry focuses on the enablers of productivity growth in a modern, market-based, service-oriented world. The second interim report explores how digital technology and data can be used to improve Australia’s productivity.
Jobs and Skills Summit: issues paper
The Jobs and Skills Summit will bring together unions, employers, civil society and government, to discuss Australia's shared economic challenges and propose both immediate and long-term solutions. This issues paper outlines Australia's current labour market challenges.
Pro-Productivity institutions at work: country practices and new insights on their set-up and functioning
In the face of slowing productivity growth, a number of OECD countries have set up pro-productivity institutions to produce objective evidence and data on productivity trends and growth drivers and help inform pro-productivity policies and interventions. This paper presents a new analytical framework to analyse...
An economy that works for people
Full and secure employment should be the top macroeconomic goal of the Albanese Government, according to the ACTU in this paper released ahead of the Jobs Summit in early September.
5-year Productivity Inquiry: the key to prosperity - interim report
Improving Australia’s productivity performance requires overcoming specific challenges. This document sets out areas of policy focus which, in the Commission's judgment, best reflect the balance of challenges and opportunities that Australia faces.