Information about privatisation within in the disability and special needs sector, and within the government overall
The People's Inquiry into Privatisation was initiated by the Public Services International (PSI) Australia. Affiliates to PSI are public sector unions:
Politicians at all levels of government in Australia are privatising our public services. In recent years, the Global Financial Crisis has created the opportunity for politicians to implement austerity policies, which have only served to deepen economic inequality in our community. Financiers, consultants, and privatisation advocates have seized the GFC as an opportunity to persuade politicians to accelerate privatisation. In all jurisdictions we have seen politicians running down our public services through chronic underfunding and budget cuts, which serve as a further incentive for privatisation.
The aim of the inquiry, chaired by David Hetherington, is to begin a conversation about the issue of privatisation in all its forms – including outsourcing, social impact bonds, user-pays, vouchers, commissioning, etc. - and build consensus around an alternative vision for our public services. We need to put forward our vision for the role of government in service delivery, what kind of public services our community needs, and ultimately, what kind of society we want to live in.
Treasurer Morrison has recently instructed the Productivity Commission to begin an inquiry into extending ‘competition and choice’ in the human services sector – which we know is just code for privatisation. Our inquiry will run parallel to the Productivity Commission inquiry, but instead of looking into ways to further marketise and privatise public services for the benefit of business, our inquiry will be the ‘people’s inquiry’. Our inquiry will start from the premise that public services are here to serve people and their communities, and will present the views of what communities require from their services, and the role of government in providing these services.
The final report of the People's Inquiry into Privatisation is now available: click here to download your copy.
A shorter summary version is available by clicking here.
The launch of the report is just the beginning. If you'd like to get involved in turning the recommendations into reality, click here to find out more and join the campaign.