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This year marks the twentieth edition of the Report on Government Services – a remarkable milestone for a unique report providing comparative information on the performance of government services. The Report is produced by the Productivity Commission for an inter governmental Steering Committee.

Peter Harris, Chairman of the Productivity Commission and the Steering Committee, stated 'I commend all governments for their long-term commitment to transparency and accountability. Few exercises that rely on cooperation and consensus across governments and departments continue to thrive over two decades – and it is particularly challenging to maintain government support for a report that is often used to criticise the performance of governments.'

He added 'However, the short term pain of increased accountability is offset by long-term gains. The Report helps to drive improvements in the effectiveness of services, providing benefits to those who use them. And it also helps to improve the efficiency of services, with potentially significant economic benefits – governments spent around $184 billion on the services covered in this year's Report, equivalent to around 12 per cent of Australia's national income.'

This comprehensive Report covers 16 separate service areas, and is being released in seven volumes across ten days.

Wednesday 28 January 2015

  • Volume A Approach to performance reporting
  • Volume F Community services
  • Volume G Housing and homelessness

Friday 30 January 2015

  • Volume C Justice
  • Volume D Emergency management

Wednesday 4 February 2015

  • Volume E Health

Friday 6 February 2015

  • Volume B Child care, education and training

As each volume is released, related fact sheets will also be released. Improvements in the 2015 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

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Media and Publications 03 9653 2244