Public service mutuals, owned by their customers, employees or a combination, are gaining popularity as a way to provide consumer-directed social services with limited public funding with more consistent quality standards.

The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme has already led to the creation of an employee-led public service mutual in South Australia. The state government first planned to sell off its Child and Youth Services agency, with the move to NDIS funding, but came around to the idea of mutualisation instead.

About 100 former public servants, including various social workers and allied health professionals, became employee-members of Kudos Services in November, and continue to deliver NDIS-funded early childhood early intervention services as they had been since 2013.

Read the full article, Public service mutuals offer hope of higher quality care and supportThe Mandarin, 5 February 2019 

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