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Policy report

Private gain, public pain

Taking stock of privatisation, outsourcing and contracting public sector work
Outsourcing Deregulation Government procurement Privatisation Public-private partnerships State governments Public sector Australia

Through a broad overview of what works and what doesn’t and three detailed case studies dealing with aged care, COVID responses and the Victorian roads maintenance sector, this report shows that the Australian experience of privatisation, outsourcing and contracting of essential government services and Public Private Partnerships over three decades has been decidedly mixed.

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Policy Report No. 7