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The Commission's role

The Productivity Commission is the Australian Government’s independent research and advisory body on a range of economic, social and environmental issues affecting the welfare of Australians. Its remit covers all sectors of the economy, with a view to better informing policy making to raise national productivity and living standards.

The Productivity Commission’s outcome objective is:

Well‑informed policy decision making and public understanding on matters relating to Australia’s productivity and living standards, based on independent and transparent analysis from a community‑wide perspective.

This objective is pursued in four broad work streams:

  • government‑commissioned inquiries and studies
  • other research projects and annual reporting on industry support
  • performance reporting and related analysis of Commonwealth and State service provision
  • competitive neutrality complaints (outlined in Main activities of the Productivity Commission).

The Commission’s activities over 2018‑19 are outlined in The year in review: Commission activities.

Main activities of the Productivity Commission Government-commissioned projects; performance reporting and other services to government bodies; competitive neutrality complaints activity; and research projects and annual reporting.