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This week the Councils of Social Service from across all states and territories and ACOSS came together to make a joint submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into data availability and use. Authoritative and reliable sources of data are fundamental to developing the programs and service delivery undertaken by the community services sector. Good use of data makes it possible to tackle complex, intergenerational and entrenched disadvantage and inequality.

Our submission was particularly interested in the potential of better data sharing, data quality and data analysis to improve the capacity of community services to deliver better long-term outcomes for vulnerable and at-risk groups within our community, while ensuring appropriate safeguards to manage associated risks.

You can access the submission here.