The Australian Council of Social Service has released a report on the community sector, with a focus on funding contracts.
The key issues identified are:
- Contract lengths that are too short, and that create sustainability issues and stifle innovation
- Funding transition processes that cause unnecessary uncertainty and disruption.
- A lack of commitment to funding a range of organisations, small, medium and large, working to address poverty, disadvantage and marginalisation.
- A lack of commitment to funding the full cost of service delivery, including adequate indexation and a cessation of the efficiency dividend for nongovernment organisations.
- Only limited flexibility in how grants are used and acquitted, hampering the capacity of organisations to innovate.
- Funding and policy development processes where people who use the services are not at the centre of the design and delivery.
- A lack of commitment to fund and support advocacy by the representatives of people and communities experiencing poverty and disadvantage as a legitimate part of our public debate.
To view the ACOSS report in full, click here