CEPA was established at the University of Queensland in 2003 to provide a focal point for research, consultancy and training in efficiency and productivity analysis in Australia and the Asia/Pacific Region. The staff of the Centre are involved in all aspects of efficiency and productivity analysis, including firm-level, industry-level, and international comparisons, in both private and government sectors. Measurement methods used include: index numbers, data envelopment analysis (DEA), stochastic frontiers and econometric production models.
The principal aims and objectives of the Centre are to undertake theoretical and applied research, develop useful end-user-driven short courses and workshops and to develop computer software for use by private and public sector organisations. Specific objectives are: