ACOSS Welcomes Proposals to Strengthen Not-For Profit Sector

ACOSS welcomes the release of the Productivity Commission’s final report on the contribution of the not-for profit sector and calls on the federal government to implement key reforms including the establishment of an independent regulator; and to address funding of the community sector, including payment of market wages.

“Community service organisations provide vital services such as employment assistance, crisis housing, emergency financial help, and disability support services. They also provide important policy development and advocacy,” said Clare Martin, CEO, Australian Council of Social Service.

“We welcome the commission’s recognition of this role and its recommendations to strengthen the sector through removal of onerous and unnecessary ‘red tape’. More than half of ACOSS members report that red tape adversely affects their ability to deliver services.

“We also support the establishment of a new Registrar for Community and Charitable Purpose organisations and reiterate our advocacy for such a Registrar to be independent.

“We welcome the Commission’s support of ACOSS’ recommendation of government funding for innovation in service delivery and community development.”

The report paints a clear picture of the value of the sector and points to key areas for reform. It is important that any changes are informed by effective consultation with the sector.

ACOSS will be working closely with the government (and state and territory governments through the COSS network) in the next steps flowing from this important report.
Read ACOSS’ submissions to the Productivity Commission’s study into the Contribution of the Not-for-Profit Sector:

Media Contact: Clare Cameron, ACOSS – 0419 626 155