Government Services Report – Productivity Commission

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The Government Services Report provides a public report card on the performance of Australian governments in delivering important services to the community.

The report examines a wide range of service-related indicators covering:

  • Education
  • Justice
  • Community services

“The information in this report is important to all of us, as we all rely on government services at different stages of our lives,” said Michael Brennan, chairman of the Productivity Commission.

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

Data are available for the first time for a number of health indicators, including costs as a barrier to accessing health services for people with mental disorders and accreditation of public hospitals.

Spending on services in this report represents about 72% of Australian government, state and territory spending, or about $301 billion.

“These reports can help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of these services, allowing governments to learn from each other,” Brennan said.

“The Government Services Report has now been around for 27 years, making it a valuable tool for examining trends over time, as well as comparisons between jurisdictions.

This comprehensive report covers 17 services and is released in seven parts from Tuesday, January 25 through Thursday, February 3, 2022. The release schedule is available below.

Statements will appear on the Productivity Commission website at www.pc.gov.au/research/ongoing/report-on-government-services. The report is produced by the Productivity Commission on behalf of all Australian governments. The 2022 report is on the 27the editing.

Release schedule

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 – 12:15 a.m.

  • Performance Reporting Approach – Part A
  • Community services (elderly care, disability, child protection and youth justice) – Part F
  • Housing and Homelessness – Part G

Friday, January 28, 2022 – 12:15 a.m.

  • Justice (police, courts and corrections) – Part C
  • Emergency management (fire and other emergency services) – Part D

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 – 12:15 a.m.

  • Health (primary and community health, ambulance, public hospitals, mental health) – Part E

Thursday, February 3, 2022 – 12:15 a.m.

  • Childcare, education and training (early childhood education and care, school education and vocational education and training) – Part B

Background information

Catherine Andersson (assistant curator) – 03 9653 2354

Media inquiries

Leonora Nicol, Media Director – 0417 665 443 / 02 6240 3239 / media@pc.gov.au

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