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Sustainability of Community Services

WACOSS estimates that the community services sector in Western Australia is 30% under-funded. Many of the cost pressures contributing to the funding shortfall are associated with the rising costs of delivering services, especially accommodation, fuel and transport, utilities, insurance, regulatory costs and security needs due to the growing complexity and risks associated with service delivery.

The majority of the funding shortfall, however, relates to funds required to ensure agencies have the capacity to meet fair and just salary rates. WACOSS has conducted extensive research over recent years that strongly support correcting the inadequacy of wages in the community services sector. Low salaries in social services are increasingly curbing the community sector’s capacity to offer effective services based on a skilled and experienced workforce. Low salaries make attracting and retaining staff more difficult and results in a high staff turnover rate.

  1. WACOSS Submission - Senate Inquiry into the Commonwealth Indigenous Advancement Strategy tendering processes
    file (439.80 KB)
  2. Good Practice Guidelines for for Engagement and Collaboration in Community Services Procurement (April 2015)
    file (124.35 KB)
  3. WACOSS Submission - WA Government's Draft Open Data Policy
    file (306.47 KB)
  4. WACOSS Submission - Senate Inquiry into the Department of Social Services' community service tendering processes, March 2015
    file (589.61 KB)
  5. WACOSS Submission- Statutory Definition of a Charity, May 2013
    file (367.42 KB)
  6. WACOSS Submission - ACNC Annual Information Statements, April 2013
    file (542.20 KB)
  7. WACOSS submission to the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission Consultation Paper on Draft Governance Standards, February 2013
    file (515.51 KB)
  8. WACOSS Submission in response to the Tax Concession Working Group Discussion Paper, Dec 2012
    file (503.16 KB)
  9. Equal Remuneration Order - Application Issues CCI Presentation, November 2012
    file (482.26 KB)
  10. Update on FWA Supplementation Processes - Key Issues for Service Providers WACOSS Presentation, November 2012
    file (586.01 KB)
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