Productivity Commission


Mining boom blamed for fall in micro business numbers

4:38PM | Wednesday, 24 April 2013 |  Australia has seen a fall in the number of micro businesses as workers in the mining states trade entrepreneurship for paid employment, according to a new report released by the Productivity Commission.

Productivity Commission calls for stricter criteria for compulsory patent licensing

12:45PM | Friday, 14 December 2012 |  Changes should be made to the patents system to improve access to technologies while protecting patent holders’ rights, according to the Productivity Commission.

GST plan a small victory for retailers amid gloomy forecast

4:21PM | Tuesday, 24 April 2012 |  Online customers of overseas retailers would have to pay GST under preliminary options handed to the Federal Government today, while new research suggests Australian retailers’ woes are far from over.

Report blames retail rents for high product prices

12:33PM | Wednesday, 14 December 2011 |  Exorbitant retail rents are to blame for high retail prices, according to a new report, adding weight to the Productivity Commission’s recommendations on planning and zoning.

Pressure mounts on WA to deregulate retail trading hours

12:38PM | Monday, 12 December 2011 |  Pressure has mounted on the WA Government to deregulate retail trading hours across the state, after the Productivity Commission called for rules on opening times across Australia to be relaxed.

Government accused of delaying taskforce help for retailers

12:04PM | Friday, 9 December 2011 |  A retail group has accused the government of failing to stand up for Australian retailers, after deciding to refer the recommendations of a Productivity Commission report to another taskforce.

Business lobbyists call for Fair Work laws review

11:19PM | Monday, 21 November 2011 |  Business groups have called for an independent review of Australia’s Fair Work laws, preferably conducted by the Productivity Commission.

eBay warns consumers may be hit with extra charges if GST-free import threshold lowered

9:22PM | Tuesday, 6 September 2011 |  Online auction and retail giant eBay has delivered a response to the Productivity Commission's draft report into the retail industry, saying it supports the commission's approach so far but warns lowering the GST-free import threshold could mean higher costs for consumers.

Disability insurance scheme set to spark start-up opportunities

8:23PM | Friday, 12 August 2011 |  The creation of a national disability insurance scheme would be a boon for the private sector, experts claim, suggesting there are business opportunities as the industry welcomes more commercial providers.

Aged care report highlights start-up opportunities

8:00PM | Monday, 8 August 2011 |  An aged care industry expert has outlined enterprise opportunities in the sector, such as mobile offerings and improved infrastructure, in the wake of a new report by the Productivity Commission.