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This report was released on 31 January 2008. It has been produced by the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (SCRGSP). The report has been published in two volumes. Also released with the report are attachment tables. These are not part of the printed report but are available on this web page. The report and attachment tables are also available on CD-ROM.

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Media release

The thirteenth edition of the Report on Government Services is being released.

The Report examines the performance of all Australian governments providing education, justice, emergency management, health, community services and housing services. These services account for $120 billion in government expenditure - almost 13 per cent of Australia's gross domestic product. The Report promotes open and informed debate about comparative performance, to help identify scope for improvement, and encourage the spread of information on how best to provide services.

The Report is produced by a Steering Committee of senior officials from Australian, State and Territory governments. It is chaired by Gary Banks, Chairman of the Productivity Commission.

Mr Banks drew attention to significant improvements in this year's Report, including the development of a new 'Early childhood, education and training' section, recognising the links between children's services and education. Other improvements include more information on the age profile of nursing and medical practitioner workforces, jurisdictional data on younger people with a disability in residential aged care, and preliminary information on long term aged care in public hospitals.

Reporting on services to Indigenous Australians remains a priority. This report includes for the first time school learning outcomes information for Indigenous students by remoteness area. There has also been significant improvement in the reporting of health data by Indigenous status.

Further information on each service covered by the Report is summarised in the attached Fact Sheets. The most recent data and any errata will appear on the Review's web page.


The following errata have been issued for the Report on Government Services 2008. All chapters and attachment tables have been amended on the website to reflect these errata.

Chapter 4 School education

Historical data for 2004-05 relating to government recurrent in-school expenditure on government secondary schools was incorrect and has been revised. The revisions affect attachment table 4A.7 in the 2008 Report.

Chapter 6 Police services

Text relating to deaths in police custody and custody-related operations was incorrect has been revised. The revisions affect attachment table 6A.43 in the 2008 Report.

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2009 Review of the Report on Government Services

COAG endorsed the review's recommendations at its 7 December 2009 meeting.

The Steering Committee endorsed the Independent Reference Group's Review of the Report on Government Services' performance indicator framework Report in September 2010.

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