Brotherhood of St Laurence

Human services: identifying sectors for reform : a response to the Productivity Commission issues paper

By: Brotherhood of St Laurence
Contributor(s): Mallett, Shelley
Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2016Description: 57 p. : ill PDFOther title: Submission to Productivity Commission inquiry into human services sectors for reformSubject(s): Human Services | Social Services | Social Policy | Submissions | Brotherhood of St LaurenceOnline Resources: DOWNLOAD PDF
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August 2016

Bibliography : p. 53-57

The Brotherhood of St Laurence welcomes the opportunity for dialogue with the Productivity Commission on the important issue of human services reform. We share the Treasurer’s concern about the future sustainability of Australia’s human services sector and are keen to begin a national conversation about how we can best address the challenges ahead. Unmet human need generates significant long-term costs and lost productivity, contributing to slower economic growth and widening inequality. If future governments are to have the capacity to meet the needs and develop the capabilities of their citizens, it is vital that we address the inefficiencies in the current provision model and think boldly and creatively about how we can innovate to make better use of the resources available and ensure ongoing sustainability of communities. The issues paper frames the role of government in human services as the funder, regulator and, in some cases, direct provider. We feel this framing is too narrow and does not capture the government’s role as a creator of public value (Moore 1994, p. 296). Public value includes both the economic and social value, which together serve to address market failure, allow society to function and deliver outcomes, rather than outputs, for communities.

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