SCOA Submission: A stronger, more diverse and independent community sector

Nov 19, 2023 | Policy & Research

The Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA) is grateful for the opportunity to make a submission to the Department of Social Services (DSS) on a stronger, more diverse and independent community sector.

On the basis of sector wide consultations, SCOA makes six key recommendations:

  • provide grants that reflect the real cost of delivering quality services;
  • provide longer grant agreement terms;
  • give the sector the voice and respect it deserves;
  • create meaningful ongoing consultation processes;
  • restore the sectors’ freedom to advocate; and
  • ensure grant funding flows to a greater diversity of not-for-profits or trusted community organisations with strong local links.