Productivity Commission releases Government Services report

The Productivity Commission has released its annual comprehensive report on government services, providing information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of a wide range of government services across Australia.

The Report looks at a broad range of indicators relating to the cost, quality and timeliness of important services to the community and covers: Health, Education, Justice, Emergency Management, Community Services and Housing and homelessness.

Expenditure on these services makes up around 70 per cent of Australian, State and Territory Governments’ expenditure, or around $247 billion dollars.

“Getting Policy right in these important service areas is critical, and this Report provides important information for governments to learn from each other and consider where changes may be needed,” Michael Brennan, Chair of both the Productivity Commission and the Steering Committee said.

“It’s also vital that this sort of information is available to inform the community about the cost and quality of the services governments provide” Chair Michael Brennan said.

Mr Brennan commended participating agencies for their continued cooperation in producing the Report, which is now in its 25th year.

“There have been significant improvements over the past quarter of a century for the data presented in the Report, but we should not be complacent as there is still more to be done.”

“As policies and programs change and evolve, it is critical that relevant data are collected for monitoring and evaluation. It is these ongoing data developments that enable the Report to be an effective monitor of government performance nationally,” Mr Brennan said.

“And as the ways people want access to information change we are changing the way we provide the data” Mr Brennan said. “Commencing with the justice, emergency management and housing and homelessness sectors, the Report is being released progressively in an interactive online format.”

The seven-part report, covering 17 services, is available here.

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