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Boosting Productivity in Australia

  • Vassiliki Koutsogeorgopoulou
  • Omar Barbiero
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    Australia’s productivity growth has decelerated markedly around the turn of the century. Part of the decline is probably temporary, but raising multifactor productivity is key to ensure that living standards continue to grow strongly, especially if the currently strong terms of trade weaken over time. Recent efforts by the government are welcome. Ensuring responsive, high quality, vocational and higher education systems is indispensable to long-term growth. Raising the completion rate of vocational students, and enhancing the level of collaboration among the key innovation players are priorities. The productivityenhancing effects of infrastructure could be boosted by more effective and strategic planning, new sources of funding, and better use of existing capacity. Efficient pricing for infrastructure services and rapid progress towards harmonisation of regulations across states would boost competition and productivity. Un nouvel élan pour la productivité en Australie La croissance de la productivité a sérieusement fléchi en Australie à l’aube du nouveau siècle. Une partie de ce recul est probablement temporaire, mais il est primordial d’augmenter la productivité globale des facteurs pour garantir une forte progression des niveaux de vie, en particulier si les termes de l’échange, actuellement favorables, devaient s’affaiblir dans le temps. Les initiatives récentes des autorités sont encourageantes. La garantie de systèmes d’enseignement professionnel et d’enseignement supérieur de qualité et capables d’adaptation est indispensable à la croissance à long terme. L’augmentation du taux de réussite des élèves en filière professionnelle et le renforcement du niveau de collaboration entre les principaux acteurs de l’innovation sont des objectifs prioritaires. Les effets de rationalisation de l’infrastructure sur la productivité pourraient être amplifiés par une planification stratégique plus efficace, de nouvelles sources de financement et une meilleure utilisation des capacités existantes. Enfin, une tarification optimale des services d’infrastructure et l’évolution rapide vers une harmonisation réglementaire entre les États doperaient la concurrence et la productivité.

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