The Voluntary Sector, National Competition Policy and Inclusive Governance

Stream: Panel 59 - Public Policy & Social Justice: Policymaking and Welfare Services 
Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Time: 9.00 am – 10.30 am


The 2016 Productivity Commission Inquiry into Human Services is the latest chapter in that never ending story of the marketization of social services and the voluntary sector which originally began at that high water mark of economic rationalism, the Hilmer Inquiry. The paper follow changing understandings of the role of the Voluntary sector to show how national competition policy has been used to delegitimise a post-war public service and community sector governance structure framed in terms of the social rights of citizenship and social justice and to reconstruct it as a commodities market in human services. The paper reflects on the implications of this history for the sector in the light of the paradigm shift to inclusive growth with its requirement for governance structures which can deliver fairness equally with efficiency.


Paul Smyth (Presenter), University of melbourne
Paul Smyth, Professorial Fellow, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne

Dr Bagus Aryo, Social Welfare Department, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Indonesia