State Government Strengthens Commitment to Community Services in New Policy

The State Government has boosted its commitment working with WA community services, strengthening its relationship with the not-for-profit sector.

It unveiled its Delivering Community Services in Partnership Policy on Thursday, revealing new measures to support communities.

The policy will ensure the government strengthens the community service sector with longer contracts at a minimum five years to secure funding security.

There will also be less red tape, stronger collaboration with the sector and service co-design.

Community Services Minister Simone McGurk said the measures will improve the sector, focusing on service delivery outcomes rather than outputs, putting experience and knowledge of people receiving and delivering services at the centre of the design process.

“The community services sector is an essential part of building strong and sustainable communities, so it is important that we get services right,” Ms McGurk said.

“This policy puts people at the centre of service design, focuses on outcomes for people receiving services and removes administrative burdens on sector organisations so they can get on with the important work supporting our community.”

It was developed after extensive consultation with government, the sector and Supporting Communities forum.

The Department of Communities along will spend more than $220 million in 2018-19 for the community services sector, to provide a framework to support the sector.

It came after the State Government invested $1.5 billion in the community sector in 2017-18

Treasurer Ben Wyatt said every dollar will support Western Australians.

“This announcement today brings together an extensive period of consultation with the not-for-profit sector about the best outcomes and also ensure that taxpayers receive the best value for money from their contribution,” he said.


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