Posted April 05, 2019 11:06:25A new report has found the Government has been unable to provide information on how much taxpayers are paying for public services, with some services having only been publicly revealed a few weeks ago.
Key points:The report says there are more than 1.5 million Australians who are paying more than $200 a year for a public service, but few details are available about the types of services they are receivingThe Government has said there are too many questions around the transparency of public servicesThe report, published by the Australian Government Accountability Office (AGA), has highlighted the problems faced by many of the Commonwealth’s public service departments, such as health, education and transport.
“A lack of transparency has meant there are not enough data to inform decisions,” the report said.
“As a result, many public services are not providing a complete picture of what they are delivering.”
In a statement, the Government said the Government was working to “reclaim” its public services portfolio from the previous Labor Government.
“We have been working hard to ensure that the new Commonwealth Government’s public services portfolios are in the best possible position to provide value for taxpayers,” the statement said.
Key Points:The Government’s new services portfolio includes:Health and disability servicesThe arts, culture and recreationServices for children and young peopleEducation and trainingServices for veteransCommunity, health and social servicesThe Government said it was providing $1.3 billion over five years to the Commonwealth Government for “transparency and accountability” in public services.
The new Government has made $2.4 billion available for the next five years, including $1 billion for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The report said that $100 million of the $1-billion for the NDIS was already spent, and $200 million was to be spent on community and health services.
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