ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Inquiry into Competition, Contestability and Informed User Choice in Human Services: Stage 1 Issues Paper Released

17 June 2016

The Productivity Commission is holding a public inquiry into the increased application of competition, contestability and informed user choice to human services.

The inquiry will be undertaken in two stages. The Commission is to consult widely, including releasing issues papers, inviting submissions and holding public hearings.

This week the Commission released its first issues paper to assist individuals and organisations to prepare submissions to the inquiry. It contains and outlines:

  • the scope of the inquiry
  • the Commission’s procedures
  • matters about which the Commission is seeking comment and information
  • how to make a submission.

Participants should not feel that they are restricted to comment only on matters raised in the issues paper. The Commission wishes to receive information and comment on issues which participants consider relevant to the inquiry’s terms of reference.

This is a significant inquiry for the community sector and ACTCOSS encourages ACT service providers, consumers, and advocacy groups to engage in this discussion and have your voices heard.

ACTCOSS will be working with the wider COSS network on input to this Inquiry. We will keep members informed of our engagement in the Inquiry and would appreciate hearing from members on their perspectives on this Inquiry and receiving a copy of any submissions made by ACT organisations.

If you would like to provide ACTCOSS with your views on the inquiry or with a copy of your submission to the inquiry please contact Geoff Buchanan on 02 6202 7222 or [email protected].

Submissions are due by 25 July 2016.

Find out more about the inquiry.