Social Services Futures and the Productivity Commission

Anyone who follows me on Twitter will know that I am a big fan of the folks over at Power to Persuade and the good work that they do in analysing policy for a community sector audience and they have a new publication which is worth checking out.

PtP have been running a Social Service Futures Dialogue and I have previously blogged about the piece I wrote for this on the National Disability Insurance Scheme.   In response to the unfettered enthusiasm for markets within recent Commonwealth policy, the aim of the dialogue is to provide a more balanced and well-rounded perspective on issues of marketisation, in particular by exploring critical public sector market failures in areas such as employment services and vocational education and training.

The various blog posts published as part of this dialogue have now been brought together in one document.  This includes pieces on productivity, competition in social services, market-driven innovation, competition reform, market-based reform of human services, and the marketisation of health services.  For anyone interested in the impact and operation of markets across social services it is well worth a read.  The full document can be downloaded from this link – PtP Dialogue Productivity Commission FINAL copy.

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