The funding reforms in Western Australia have been in the works for decades. It is not a new or radical concept that the community services sector is underpaid and under-resourced, and that many community service organisations are simply not sustainable.
For years, peak bodies have been lobbying government, members of Parliament, and anyone that would listen to find a way to ensure that our community services sector, which serves and supports the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our society, is sustainable and is valued within our community.
The funding reforms have a focus on:
- Increasing the salaries of community service organisation staff members
- Re-balancing the nature of the relationship between Government Agencies and Community Service Organisations
- Moving to an Outcomes Framework for services where the community outcome is articulated and measured
- Reducing the administrative burden