Journal article

Locked-in or Locked-out: Can a Public Services Market Really Change?

MARK CONSIDINE, SIOBHAN O’SULLIVAN, MICHAEL MCGANN, PHUC NGUYEN

Journal of Social Policy | Cambridge University Press (CUP) | Published : 2020

Abstract

Australia’s welfare-to-work system has been subject to ongoing political contestation and policy reform since the 1990s. In this paper we take a big picture look at the Australian system over time, re-visiting our earlier analysis of the impact of marketisation on flexibility at the frontline over the first ten years of the Australian market in employment services. That analysis demonstrated that marketisation had failed to deliver the service flexibility intended through contracting-out, and had instead produced market herding around a common set of standardised frontline practices. In the interim, there have been two further major redesigns of the Australian system at considerable expense ..

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