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This year marks the nineteenth edition of the Report on Government Services. The Report is produced by a Steering Committee of senior officials from Australian, State and Territory governments for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). The Steering Committee was chaired during 2013 by Peter Harris, Chairman of the Productivity Commission.

The Report promotes awareness about the performance of government services and helps drive improvements in policy and service design and delivery. The services covered by the Report are particularly important for the more disadvantaged members of society, who benefit from better access to services and improved delivery. There are also economic benefits from improving the efficiency of these services - governments spent around $184 billion on the services covered in this year's Report, equivalent to around 12.1 per cent of Australia's national income.

In a break from previous practice, the Report is being released in electronic form only. To improve accessibility, the Report is being released in seven separate volumes across four days. All information previously included in the Report is available in the new format.

The Report is being released according to the following schedule:

Tuesday 28 January 2014

  • Volume A Approach to performance reporting
  • Volume B Child care, education and training

Wednesday 29 January 2014

  • Volume C Justice
  • Volume D Emergency management

Thursday 30 January 2014

  • Volume E Health

Friday 31 January 2014

  • Volume F Community services
  • Volume G Housing and homelessness.

As each volume is released, fact sheets for each service area covered by the Report will also be released. Improvements in the 2014 Report are outlined in the introductory sections of each service-area chapter. The most recent data (and any errata) will appear on the Steering Committee's web page.

Background information

Lawrence McDonald (Head of Secretariat) 03 9653 2178 / 0421 584 905

Other

Leonora Nicol (Media and Publications) 02 6240 3239 / 0417 665 443