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Committee Name:

Public Administration Committee (1996 - 2001)

House:

Legislative Council
Report Type:Report

Title:

Outsourcing and Contracting Out: Investigations in the United Kingdom
Report No:13
No of Pages:133
Physical Location:Legislative Council Committee Office

Presentation Date:

09/15/1999
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- As part of the Standing Committee on Public Administration’s (“Committee”) process of agency and administrative review, it has developed a particular interest in the outsourcing and contracting out of government services. The Committee is mindful of the issues raised by the contracting out process, in particular the cost and quality of the services, the apportionment of liability, the allocation of risk, and who is responsible when disputes arise as to non-performance or unsatisfactory performance.

- The process of privatisation, in particular contracting out, is not a new idea in Australia. Federal, State and local governments have been contracting out selected services for many years albeit with differing degrees of enthusiasm and political will. However, in comparison to other countries the contracting out and outsourcing of public services in Australia is a relatively new phenomenon.

- In late 1997 the Committee travelled to the United Kingdom which over the past decade has a history of privatisation, particularly contracting out.

- In the report the Committee presents an overview, rather than a detailed examination of some current issues in the United Kingdom.

- As a result of its enquiries the Committee is of the view that there is a need for careful consideration of the way that contracting out is approached in Western Australia. The Committee’s findings are summarised in Chapter 11 of this report.

- The Committee has formulated terms of reference for further inquiry into the issues raised by contracting out. These are listed in Appendix 8.