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Community sector

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Community services sector
Social sector
Third-sector
NARROWER TERMS
Report

Data for Good Collaboration: research report

This report presents key findings from a research partnership, which involved the design and delivery of a series of webinars that built data literacy; and participatory data capacity-building workshops facilitated by teams of social scientists and data scientists.
Report

Meeting community needs in difficult times: experiences of Australia’s community sector

This report examines how Australia’s community services sector is addressing high levels of need in the community during early 2021, a period in which Australian communities sought to recover from the crises of 2020.
Guide

How NFPs should engage with government: strategies, tools and frameworks for long-term success

This paper has been developed to support non-profit, social purpose leaders and boards to examine just how well prepared their organisation is to work effectively with government – and to provide a framework to respond to the fast changing policy, funding and legislative environments.
Report

Moving the conversation forward

This report provides a review of how the community services sector has been positioned by major governing bodies – such as the Productivity Commission, Royal Commissions and Senate Inquiries – to provide insight how the sector is being understood and approached by government(s). In particular...
Report

Australia's community sector and COVID-19: supporting communities through crisis

This report provides insight into the status of Australia’s community sector during July 2020, a period in which the sector grappled with the significant health, social and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, and rapid changes in policy and service delivery.
Briefing paper

Pay equity in community services: the consequences of federal budgetary decisions

This paper suggests that the failure of the Commonwealth to confirm that it will maintain funding for community service organisations could threaten up to 12,000 jobs in that sector, at a moment when those services are critical to Australia’s pandemic-damaged economy.
Report

Social sector commissioning

This document outlines the response to conversations the Government held with the social sector so far and the next steps that will be taken towards a better system that supports better outcomes.
Report

All together: a new future for commissioning human services in New South Wales

Since the late 1990s, the term 'commissioning' as a concept and practice has steadily gained ground. What can good commissioning look like in NSW? And what can government agencies, service providers and peak bodies do to bring this to life? These are the key questions...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Oversimplified: '80,000 charity workers' would be affected by FBT changes

Two industry associations claim tens of thousands of charity workers would be affected by Labor's proposed changes to the way Fringe Benefits Tax can be calculated for salary sacrificed cars.
Journal article

Navigating change in the public and social sectors

In this article, Susie King, SVA Consulting Director, reflects on a panel conversation she facilitated with senior leaders during a session at IPAA Victoria’s Public Sector Week 2019 on navigating transformation and disruption in the public and social sectors.