QPC undertakes research on policy and regulatory matters outside of the formal inquiry function, to support the goal of increasing productivity, driving economic growth and improving living standards in Queensland.

Completed research

Cost-benefit analysis of establishing a pharmacy council
This report provides a cost-benefit analysis of establishing a pharmacy council in Queensland. The report was commissioned following a request from the Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee.

Lessons from the inquiry into service delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
The inquiry into service delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities presented a range of complex and contentious policy issues. This paper provides insights on the lessons-learned from conducting the inquiry. It focuses on the independent public inquiry process, consultation with communities and the use of economic frameworks to build recommendations in a complex policy environment.

Queensland Productivity Update 2016-17
This paper is the first in a planned series providing information on productivity trends in Queensland. The series will inform decisions about how to realise Queensland’s productivity potential, and forms part of the Commission’s legislated function to promote public understanding of matters relating to productivity.

Housing in Queensland: Affordability and Preferences
This paper investigates affordability of housing in Queensland; changes in the housing stock and people’s preferences; and factors influencing outcomes in housing markets.

Whole-of-Economy Modelling: Beyond the Black Box
This paper provides guidance material on economic impact modelling—what it is, what it can do (and what it cannot do), common modelling mistakes and misuses, techniques for understanding the validity (or otherwise) of modelling results, and some advice on best practice.

Productivity – Concepts, Measurement and Performance

The paper defines productivity, identifies how it is measured, and examines Queensland’s productivity performance in national and global contexts.