16 Aug 2016

In December 2013 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to a more streamlined council system that focused on its immediate priorities and reduced bureaucracy and unnecessary red tape.

The council system aligns with the Commonwealth’s commitment to respect state sovereignty and allow them...


1 May 2014

This paper provides an overview of the national policy framework for the provision of universal access to early childhood education in Australia.


The imperative to provide universal access to early childhood education (ECE) is supported by a significant body of research...


3 Jul 2013

This paper provides an overview of the operation of the Commonwealth of Australian Governments (COAG) and other aspects of intergovernmental relations in Australia.


In 2006, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) adopted a new national reform agenda and established the COAG...

Working paper

2 Mar 2013

In 2009, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to include an Urban and Regional Strategy as part of the Indigenous Reform Agreement aimed at coordinating the delivery of services to Indigenous Australians. The main purpose of this strategy was to ensure that government agencies...


17 Dec 2012

The focus of this inquiry is on those activities relating to the gathering of knowledge as to the location, quantity and quality of mineral and energy deposits. This includes the exploration activities of all entities, including the large mining companies engaged in both exploration and...


3 Aug 2012

This report resulted from a request by the Council of Australian Governments to conduct a preliminary high-level review of sixteen areas of policy reform, aimed at improving productivity.

The paper was provided on 29 June 2012 to the cross jurisdictional Taskforce established to advise...


18 Jul 2012

Of most concern to business is the costs they face from local government planning and zoning assessment and building and construction regulation.

Key points

Implementing and enforcing state and territory laws, rather than local laws, dominates local governments’ regulatory workload. While...


15 May 2012

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...


19 May 2011

This report identifies wide-ranging differences in the ways all levels of government plan and zone land uses and assess development proposals.

In Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation: Planning, Zoning and Development Assessments – a report commissioned by COAG – the Commission compared the...


24 Jan 2011

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...


8 Dec 2010

Examines the Vocational Education and Training sector, the context in which it operates and the implications this has for workforce composition and development.

The Productivity Commission has been asked by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), through the Australian Government, to undertake a study...


25 Jun 2010

At its March 2008 meeting, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) decided that the Productivity Commission would be requested to report to COAG on the impacts and benefits of COAG's reform agenda every two to three years. Terms of Reference for this commissioned...


24 Feb 2010

The report presents the council‘s assessment of progress against 2008–09 milestones as at 30 September 2009.

The National Partnership Agreement to Deliver a Seamless National Economy sets out an ambitious and complex array of microeconomic reforms. Positively, the COAG Reform Council has found that...


22 Dec 2009

This report identifies differences in requirements imposed on business by the food safety regulatory regimes at all levels of government in Australia and New Zealand.

The report identifies opportunities for all jurisdictions to improve food safety regulation and its enforcement in order to reduce...

Briefing paper

14 Dec 2009

This briefing paper looks at the intergovernmental mechanisms by which federalism operates in Australia, notably the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

In reality there are many issues at play here and countervailing forces at work. Taking a broad view, what seems to be...


20 Oct 2009

This report gives an overview of the progress of the initiatives over the first eight months of the Building the Education Revolution National Coordinator's Implementation Report, February-September 2009.

Discussion paper

15 May 2009

This issues paper outlines the Australian Government’s approach to consumer policy, as well as existing Australian Government support for consumer advocacy and consumer policy research.

It raises issues in relation to finding sustainable approaches to supporting consumer advocacy and consumer policy-focused research in the...


17 Feb 2009

Following a Productivity Commission review of Australia's consumer policy framework, all Australian governments agreed to a new consumer policy framework, comprising a single national consumer law and streamlined enforcement arrangements. An Australian Consumer Law will significantly enhance consumer protection, reduce regulatory complexity for businesses and...


26 Apr 2008

As part of the COAG Mental Health Initiative (Early Childhood Component), Early Childhood Australia (ECA), working closely with the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC), was funded to undertake a study to scope potential delivery settings for early childhood services and mental...


28 Feb 2007

According to this study, the Council of Australian Governments' National Reform Agenda has the potential to significantly raise national output and incomes in Australia. The study examines the benefits potentially available in the long term from further enhancing competition in key infrastructure areas, reducing regulatory...



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