This inquiry has now completed. A public inquiry into the increased application of competition, contestability and informed user choice to human services.
The inquiry was undertaken in two stages which are summarised under the headings below.
The Commission published a study report on 5 December 2016. Read the study report
The final inquiry report has been provided to the Australian Government on 27 October 2017.
The release of the final report by the Government is the final step in the process.
Under the Productivity Commission Act 1998, the Government is required to table the report in each House of the Parliament within 25 sitting days of receipt.
The Commission consulted widely, including releasing issues papers, inviting submissions and holding public hearings.
Identifying Sectors for Reform
The first stage of the Human Services inquiry is now complete. It has delivered an initial study report identifying services within the human services sector that are best suited to increased application of competition, contestability and informed user choice.
Reforms to Human Services
The second stage of the Human Services inquiry will make recommendations on how to apply increased competition, contestability and user choice to the human services that were identified in the inquiry's first stage study report.