Presentation on theme: "The future of the community sector: A Victorian perspective Cath Smith Chief Executive Officer Victorian Council of Social Service"— Presentation transcript:
The future of the community sector: A Victorian perspective Cath Smith Chief Executive Officer Victorian Council of Social Service www.vcoss.org.au firstname.lastname@example.org 03 9654 5050
Future of the Sector DHS Human Services Partnership Agreement – signed in 2002 and again 2005, due for review late 2008 Sector Sustainability Task Group – now Community Sector Futures Task group Stronger Community Organisations project and State Services Review of NFP Regulation – SCOP action plan and new Office for Community Sector
Projects Collaboration and consultation protocol NGO indexation agreement and exceptional events clause Pricing framework Workforce strategy – DHS funded sector OHS education and small grants Staff bank Long service leave portability Clearinghouse –training and pro bono brokerage Futures work– evaluation of impact, re-capturing ‘community’ accountability into community organisations, capacity-building and ‘leadership’
Unfinished business Workforce strategy – ‘whole of sector’ Indexation – whole of government NGO index Pricing that reflects real cost of service delivery Streamlining compliance, data collections - service agreements and grants – single chart of accounts etc Investment in strategies that will enhance service delivery – develop models of care that can be sustained within demographic trends
Challenges Why do Governments outsource services and programs to the NGO sector? Why and how do we run them? Social inclusion – putting principles in practice?
Opportunities National NFP Compact consultations Social inclusion agenda Service system reform – indicators and outcomes for people and communities Governments cannot deliver social inclusion without a strong NGO sector Strong NGO sector needs cross-sectoral approaches and collaboration around e.g. workforce, OHS, shared services, data streamlining etc. Need to maintain accountability to communities and to our shared values, social equity vision