Council calls for action on problem gambling

Brimbank City Council says its residents have lost $1.4 billion on electronic gambling machines in in the past decade. Now it’s calling for fines and limits on withdrawals.  

AMA plan for more doctors in rural communities

The Australian Medical Association has released a paper outlining ways to get more doctors into the bush. The ‘Position Statement – Rural Workforce Initiatives’ outlines what the AMA says is a comprehensive five-point plan to encourage more doctors to work in rural and remote locations and improve patient access to health care. It says at […]

PC Report on Government Services – Justice

The Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services (RoGS) also covers Justice – Police, Courts and Corrective Services. Total government expenditure for the justice services measured in RoGS was almost $16 billion in 2016-17, around 7.2 percent of total government expenditure on services. Police services were the largest contributor (65.4 percent of this amount), followed by […]

PC Report on Government Services – Housing and Homelessness

The Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services (RoGS) has a detailed section on governments’ delivery of services in the housing sector. It covers social housing services and subsidised rental housing provided by not-for-profit, non‑government or government organisations to assist people who are unable to access suitable accommodation through the private market. The report also examines […]

PC Report on Government Services – Community Services

The Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services (RoGS) contain a large section on Community Services. It breaks the sector into four categories: aged care, services for people with disabilities, child protection services, and youth justice services. It is an enormous sector, second only to health. Total Federal, state and territory government recurrent expenditure on community […]

AMA and PHAA build anti-sugar campaign

The Australian medical Association is increasing its pressure on governments to ban the advertising of  junk food and sugary drinks to children. It also wants a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages “as a matter of priority.” Its call has been echoed by the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA). Releasing the AMA’s ‘Position Statement on Nutrition […]

Council attacks NSW Government over food inspection responsibilities

One Of NSW’s largest local government authorities has criticised the state government for its plans to force councils to inspect home-based food businesses. Changes to the Food Regulation Partnership between local government and the NSW Food Authority (NSWFA) will see councils take on extra responsibility for inspection and enforcement. Currently it is the NSWFA’s duty […]

Services in small town Australia declining

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) has released a ‘Pillars of Communities’ report on the availability of services in Australia’s small towns. The findings are not good. The report is accompanied by a Report Card’, which rates how well Australia provides access to ten essential professionals for residents living in small towns across Australia. Access to […]

Cloud strategy transforms Victoria’s largest agency

Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has rebuilt its IT systems over the last three years, moving all its applications onto Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform. CIO Dr Steve Hodgkinson says the new environment has enabled DHHS to develop applications much more quickly, using an approach he calls ‘Platform+Agile’, ‘Platform’ refers to the cloud, […]

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