26 September 2023

Productivity’s check-up on PS out again

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The Productivity Commission has published the 27th edition of its annual Report on Government Services, providing information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of Government services in Australia.

The Report covers a broad range of indicators relating to services, including education, justice, community services, health, emergency management, housing and homelessness.

Presenting the Report, Chair of the Productivity Commission, Michael Brennan said the information it contained was important for all Australians “as we all rely on Government services at various stages of our lives”.

“It is encouraging to see that all Australian Governments remain committed to transparency and accountability in public reporting on these services,” Mr Brennan said.

He said information was available for the first time for a number of health indicators, including for costs as a barrier to accessing health services for people with a mental health condition, and accreditation of public hospitals.

“Expenditure on the services in this Report makes up around 72 per cent of Australian, State and Territory Governments’ expenditure, or around $301 billion,” Mr Brennan said.

“This reporting can help to drive improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of these services, enabling Governments to learn from each other.”

The Report covers 17 services and is being released in seven parts through to 3 February on the Productivity Commission website.

Of these, Approach to performance reporting; Community services; and Housing and homelessness have already been released.

Justice and Emergency management are being released today (28 January).

Health will appear on 1 February and Child care, education and training on 3 February.

The Report can be accessed at this PS News link.

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