Productivity Commission releases government services report

The Productivity Commission’s annual Report on Government Services has been released, providing a key snapshot of overall government expenditure across 17 separate services.

The report probes the equity, distribution and effectiveness of government expenditure across a broad swathe of the community, including healthcare, justice and education.

However, the Commission took the three branches of government to task over the perceived lack of vigorous data collection methods.

"To support high quality service delivery and assist in improving outcomes for the community, access to robust and timely data is essential" said Michael Brennan, Chair of both the Productivity Commission and the Steering Committee.

"Unfortunately, in many areas, structures governing data release make this difficult to achieve."

"In a number of areas, particularly in health, the most recent available annual data are almost two, and in some cases three, years old. There is much value in governments working to improve data sharing and release, as shown in the Productivity Commission's 2017 final report on Availability and Use of Data. We hope to see progress manifest in the Report on Government Services soon,” Mr Brennan concluded.

The full report can be found here

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