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Budget Paper No.2 Fiscal and Economic Outlook 2008-2009



Budget Paper No.2 Fiscal and Economic Outlook 2008-2009

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2008-09 Budget 56 Intergovernmental Financial Issues The 2010 Review is an iterative process with significant input from all jurisdictions. A key component of the review process is a series of workplace discussions in each state. The purpose of these discussions is to give the Commissioners and Commission staff an opportunity to gain first hand experience of the issues faced in each jurisdiction in delivering services and to hold informal talks with staff actively engaged in delivering services. The Commission is conducting workplace discussions in every state during the first half of 2008. The Northern Territorys workplace discussions were held in the week of 14-18 April 2008. COAG Working Groups On 20 December 2007, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to an ambitious work plan to progress a comprehensive new microeconomic reform agenda. Seven working groups were established by COAG to develop implementation plans in the areas of: health and ageing; productivity; climate change and water; infrastructure; business regulation and competition; housing; and Indigenous reform. Each COAG working group will be responsible for developing outputs, outcomes and performance indicators which will be included in new SPP arrangements. Treasurers will be responsible for determining the level of funding required in order to achieve the agreed outcomes and outputs and will also provide advice on performance indicators. Health and Ageing The Health and Ageing Working Group is responsible for developing plans to improve health outcomes for all Australians and the sustainability of the Australian health system. The reforms will extend across the full range of preventative, primary, acute and aged care health services and across the public and private sectors. In the short term, the health and ageing working group will focus on elective surgery waiting times, investing in aged care and public dental programs, general practice superclinics and preventative health care. Productivity The Productivity Working Group will pursue substantial reform in the areas of education skills and early childhood. Early initiatives include improving and expanding vocational and technical education, investing in early education through universal access to learning for all four year old children, development and implementation of a national curriculum in key learning areas and lifting the year 12 retention rate to 90 per cent by 2020. Climate Change and Water The Climate Change and Water Working Group will develop plans to ensure a national response to climate change including a single national emissions trading scheme and sustainable water use across Australia. Work will include a plan for achieving an expanded Mandatory Renewable Energy Target. Council of Australian Governments Reform Agenda