MEDIA STATEMENT: Consultation paper on service delivery to Queensland’s remote and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

The Queensland Productivity Commission has released a consultation paper for the inquiry into service delivery to Queensland’s remote and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Commissioner Professor Bronwyn Fredericks said governments deliver a wide range of services to remote and discrete communities.

“Services include education and training, health care and public safety services, as well as basic services such as water, electricity supply, town planning and maintenance of roads,” she said. “Many innovative and successful programs have been implemented by, and for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, but the outcomes for some programs and services have not met expectations.

“The Queensland Government has asked the Commission to identify how available resources can be best used to improve outcomes for these communities.”

Professor Fredericks said the Commission aims to understand what works well, and why.

“We will conduct a rigorous, evidence-based assessment and make recommendations to improve the effectiveness of services delivered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” she said.
“The Commission is asking those interested to use this consultation paper as a guide to provide their views.

“We are seeking feedback on the scope of the inquiry, and evidence from all stakeholders on the issues covered by the terms of reference.”

The Commission will consult widely with stakeholders throughout Queensland during the inquiry. A draft report is scheduled for release in August 2017, and a final report will be provided to the government in November 2017.

Submissions on the consultation paper are invited by 2 June 2017. The consultation paper can be accessed on our website.

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