Brotherhood of St Laurence

Better data for the delivery of grant funded social services / Matthew Gray (ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods)

By: Gray, Matthew | Australian National University. Centre for Social Research and Methods
Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T Australian National University. Centre for Social Research and Methods 2022Description: ii, 21 p. (Online Resource)Subject(s): Social Services | Data Collection | Government | COVID-19 | Coronavirus | JobKeeper | JobSeeker | Pandemics | Employment/unemploymentOnline Resources: Website
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The Australian government delivers social, educational and health services via a mix of direct government provision, contracting out arrangements and grant programs. The extent and importance of grant programs for the delivery of social services is not always appreciated. While it is difficult to obtain a detailed picture of the trends in the Commonwealth Grants programs that are used to fund social services, these programs have grown in value and are now a central part of how services are delivered in Australia. State and territory governments also have a range of grant programs that are used to support the delivery of services. A significant proportion of the services funded by grant programs are directed to people who have complex, multiple and overlapping issues including poverty, drug and alcohol and mental health problems, have experienced discrimination, or have experienced violence and many are not well served by standard social services provided directly by government or via contracting out arrangements. While grant programs have become an essential part of the delivery of services and emergency relief, there have been concerns over many years about how they have been administered and the extent to which they achieve their objectives. Such concerns have been raised by parliamentary committees and the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) (e.g., ANAO 2016; ANAO 2018, 2018). A consistent finding has been that there is a lack of performance data collected, problems with IT systems both in terms of what data they collect about the extent and nature of services/assistance provided and a lack of outcomes data. 8 March 2022 Includes bibliographic references

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