Models of public investment in human services in Australia: issues of economic efficiency

Alam, Khorshed and Robb, Walter (2008) Models of public investment in human services in Australia: issues of economic efficiency. In: 2008 Annual London Conference on Money, Economy and Management, 3-4 Jul 2008, London, United Kingdom.


Since the 1980s, public sector reforms that reflect the desire to improve the efficiency of the human service sector and improve service outcomes have effected a significant change in the delivery of human services in Australia. There is an increasing recognition that market mechanisms should influence both the production and distribution of most services, if not all. Parallel to this move towards dependency on markets, a new wave of human services reforms has emerged in different States and Territories in Australia in the form of contracting, provision through non-government organisations and partnership with local governments. An important part of this reform is the emphasis on efficient resource allocation. This paper briefly describes the resultant models of government investment in human service delivery in Australia, describes methods for economic evaluation appropriate to human services, documents the existing literature on the application of economic evaluation and comments on progress to date in using economic evaluation for resource allocation.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with blanket permission of publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2009 02:00
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: cost-benefit analysis; cost-effectiveness; human services; resource allocation
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160509 Public Administration
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140214 Public Economics-Publically Provided Goods
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910405 Public Sector Productivity

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