The aim of this report is to assess the international competitiveness of the Australian waste management services (WMS) industry and to formulate strategies which will yield greater competitive advantage for Australia.
A literature review of the Industry Commission's findings into thirteen Australian service industries identified major deficiencies resulting from the imposition of government regulations. These impediments not only restrict international trade in each industry, but lead to adverse ramifications for the WMS industry.
A second literature review of recent developments in the international and domestic WMS industries aimed to isolate barriers frustrating the development of the WMS sector in Australia. A small survey was conducted during the research to confirm the literature review's conclusions.
In order to develop a competitive advantage in Australian WMS, the Australian private sector must increase its investment in R&D; government must establish a national waste management agenda and enforce environmental standards, but avoid technological regulations; de-regulation of services in general must continue; and WMS firms must develop greater international marketing skills and consider export markets when formulating their business plans. These constitute the major findings of the report.