BUDGET 2018: ProdCom tasked to investigate impacts of disruptive technology
By Pattrick Smellie
May 17 (BusinessDesk) - The Productivity Commission will conduct an investigation into the impacts of technological
change and disruption, and the future of work.
The Budget announced the inquiry along with the inquiry into local government funding and financing, which Local
Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced earlier this week.
Billed as part of the government’s desire to “invest in the productive economy”, the technological disruption inquiry
will “address a range of issues to better prepare policymakers and businesses for the potential challenges” that
technology may create.
“It will investigate how government policy can best support the adoption of technological change while at the same time
ensuring social support and education/skills systems and regulatory settings are able to equitably manage rapid
The inquiry will begin in the 2018/19 fiscal year, with its output likely to be used by the newly created tri-partite
Future of Work Forum, involving government ministers, peak lobby group Business New Zealand, and the Council of Trade