Review of Government Service Provision – Indigenous Compendium
The Review of Government Service Provision was established in 1993 by Heads of government (now the Council of Australian Governments or COAG) to provide information on the effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia. A Steering Committee, comprising senior representatives from the central agencies of all governments, manages the Review with the assistance of a Secretariat provided by the Productivity Commission.
The Review does not consider policy issues. Rather, it aims to inform parliaments, governments, service providers and the clients of services – the wider community – about overall performance and reforms in service provision to promote ongoing performance improvement.
The performance of mainstream services provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians is a particular focus of the annual Report on Government Services. This Indigenous Compendium contains all the Indigenous data to be found in the most recent Report, published in January 2014.
This report was released on 17 April 2014.
This Compendium, like the Report, was compiled by the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision, for which the Productivity Commission provides the Secretariat.
This twelfth edition of the Compendium reflects several improvements in reporting by Indigenous status in the 2014 Report, including Indigenous students’ science literacy outcomes and separations from selected hospital procedures for Indigenous people.
Some points of note:
The national apparent retention rate for all schools from year 10 to year 12 for Indigenous students was 53.3 per cent, compared with 79.3 per cent for all students, in 2012.
However, Indigenous students’ apparent retention rates from year 10 to year 12 for all schools has risen from 45.7 per cent in 2003 to 53.3 per cent in 2012, with the gap between Indigenous students and non-Indigenous students decreasing from 32.0 percentage points in 2003 to 27.1 percentage points in 2012
Several improvements in reporting on services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians were made in the 2014 Report, including:
- Public hospitals — ‘Selected hospital procedures’ are reported by Indigenous status
- Primary and community health — Australian Government expenditure on Indigenous primary healthcare services is reported for the first time.