Update to stakeholders
The Queensland Government is integrating the Queensland Productivity Commission (Commission) into Queensland Treasury to establish the new Office of Productivity and Red Tape Reduction. Functions of the Commission will transfer to the new Office, other than the competitive neutrality function, which will transition to the Queensland Competition Authority.
The Commission was established in 2015 to provide independent economic and policy advice to the state—with the goal of increasing productivity, driving economic growth and improving living standards in Queensland. In providing our advice, the Commission adopted a community-wide approach, aiming to recommend the best policies and regulation for the Queensland community as a whole.
In our five years as a Commission, we tackled complex and sometimes contentious issues. The Commission completed six public inquiries, on electricity and solar pricing, manufacturing, service delivery in Queensland’s remote and discrete Indigenous communities, imprisonment and recidivism and the NDIS market in Queensland.
Beyond the Commission’s formal inquiry function, the Commission published research on a range of policy and regulatory matters including Queensland’s productivity performance, housing affordability, whole-of-economy modelling, school education, building economic resilience, measuring progress in Queensland’s Indigenous communities and improving regulation.
The Commission also reviewed the price impacts of the container refund scheme, regulation of Queensland pharmacies, regulation of sugar marketing, options to improve regulator performance and cost-benefit analysis of mandatory standards.
Over the last five years, the Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) provided advice on over 1400 regulatory proposals and trained over 800 policy makers. During this time, the regulatory review function transitioned from providing advice and review of large volumes of low risk and low impact regulatory proposals towards more complex matters, more likely to impact on the Queensland community.
The Commission fulfilled its legislated role to promote public understanding and discussion of productivity related policy matters through a wide variety of fora, including two Productivity Lectures, an Australian and New Zealand Forum on productivity reform, guidance and , and numerous policy presentations to universities, business and policy-makers.
Lastly, the Commission conducted six competitive neutrality investigations and provided advice and guidance to stakeholders and government bodies across a wide range of issues to ensure public sector businesses compete on a level playing field with the private sector.
In implementing our broad mandate, the Commission has benefited from engagement with thousands of stakeholders across Queensland, nationally and internationally. We offer our sincere thank you to all our stakeholders for your support and contributions over the past five years.