What are services and who provides them?

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In this paper we define services and provide an overview of who produces them and why. The first section defines a service as a type of product that can only be consumed while production is taking place. This rests on the concept of inseparability, which refers to the characteristic that the consumption and production of a service are inseparable. The second section provides an overview of the private, the not-for-profit and the government sectors in Australia.

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