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Numbers tell real story

THE PRODUCTIVITY Commission’s recently released reports on Government Services, including  Health, Child Protection and Courts, confirm what Members have been telling us – that our public sector is under resourced, which is impacting on the services that support us all to build better lives.

The reports on health, courts, TasTAFE and child protection showed the following.

Elective surgery: Waiting for longer  

Percentage of patients who waited more than 365 days

2013-14: 11.5% 

2014-15: 12.9%

This was the highest proportion out of any state or territory for both financial years.


Courts: Lives on hold  

Backlog for criminal matters: at 30 June 2015

Supreme courts: We had the highest pending caseload for appeals waiting 24 months compared to any other state. We also had the highest caseload for non-appeals waiting 24 months as well.

Magistrates’ court: Tasmania had the highest pending caseload for matters waiting six months and for matters waiting 12 months, compared to any other state or territory. 

Child Protection: Support per child cut  

  • In 2014-15 the Hodgman government spent the least of any state per child on all child protection services.
  • Response times: to start investigations in 2014-15: 24.3% of investigations took 29 or more days to start – the highest of all states except Queensland.  
  • Case plans: At 30 June 2015 68.2% of all children who were required to had current documented case plans – the lowest proportion of any state on record.  

TasTAFE: less investment in public education

The Productivity Commission report on Vocational Education and Training released yesterday showed that:

Investment in Vocational Education and Training was cut in 2013-14.

Government real recurrent expenditure (2014 dollars) ($ per person aged 15–64 years):

2013: $409.15

2014: $415.05

The number of Registered Training Organisations increased from 2013-2014

2013: 129

2014: 14

The number of TAFE provider locations in our state was whittled down from 2013-2014:

2013: 40

2014: 36

From 2013-2014, there were more government payments 2013-2014 went to non-TAFE providers for VET delivery:

2013: $12.1m

2014: $16.3m

Meanwhile a leaked report raised concerns of a Federal Government takeover of TAFE. Read more here.

Find these and other reports here.

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