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Seeking endorsement for the NSW Community Sector Charter PDF Print
29 May 2014
The NSW Community Sector Charter
is a document which has been prepared to define and communicate to other sectors of society (governments, business and the broader community) what the community sector is, and to raise awareness of its vital role and invaluable contribution to society.


The NSW Community Sector Charter was developed by the Forum of Non Government Agencies (FONGA)* and NCOSS to raise awareness of the community sector's vital and invaluable contribution to society. 

The NSW community sector is a vital and vibrant part of NSW that provides services and support to those who need it most as well as building a strong civil society. These are crucial elements for a fair and prosperous state. While a significant part of the work of the sector is funded by and carried out in partnership with Governments our role is far broader and encompasses research, advocacy and the development of innovative solutions and practice.

The Charter has been prepared to define and communicate to other sectors of society (governments, business and the broader community) what the community sector is, and to raise awareness of its vital role and invaluable contribution to society.

The Charter promotes a unified community sector by presenting a shared identity, vision and values. It is intended to empower community organisations across NSW by providing a vehicle for asserting a strong collective voice, and in doing so, increase our influence towards achieving our vision of a fair and just society for all.

*The Forum of Non-Government Agencies (FONGA) is convened by NCOSS and meets six times per year. Around 90 peak and regional state level human service non-government organisations are current members of FONGA.

Download the Charter

Click on the picture of the Charter to the right to download the document.

Endorse the Charter

Endorsement by the Forum of Non Government Agencies (FONGA)
75 FONGA members have endorsed the Charter and the names and logos of these organisations have been included in the Charter document (updated 4 March 2014)

Endorsement by other Community Sector Organisations
NCOSS is now seeking broader endorsement for the Charter by community sector organisations that are not FONGA members. The names of 64 (non-FONGA) community sector organisations that endorse the Charter are listed below: (updated 29 May 2014)

  • ARAFMI Central Coast
  • Auburn Youth Centre Incorporated
  • Bankstown Area Multicultural Network
  • Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre
  • Boronia Multicultural Services Inc
  • Byron Bay Youth House
  • Canterbury City Community Centre
  • Cassia Community Centre
  • Central West Women’s Health Centre Inc
  • Chester Hill Neighbourhood Centre
  • Child Abuse Prevention Service
  • Child & Adolescent Specialist Programs & Accommodation (CASPA)
  • Clarence River Women’s Refuge & Outreach Services Inc
  • Community Options Illawarra
  • Community Options Port Macquarie
  • CRANES Community Support Programs Pty Ltd
  • Cystic Fibrosis NSW
  • Disability Information Advocacy Service
  • Factory Community Centre Inc
  • Family Support Network Inc
  • Family Support Newcastle
  • Food Distribution Network
  • Forrest Community Services
  • Great Lakes Community Resources Inc
  • Griffith Neighbourhood House Community Centre
  • Healthy Cities Illawarra
  • Hepatitis NSW
  • Inner West Community Transport
  • Intereach
  • Kariong Neighbourhood Centre
  • Kempsey Neighbourhood Centre Inc
  • Kyogle Together Incorporated
  • Learning Links
  • Mackillop Rural Community Services
  • Mental Health Carers ARAFMI NSW Inc
  • Muswellbrook Carelink Inc
  • Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Services
  • New England HACC Development
  • Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre
  • Northern Beaches Community Services Ltd
  • NSW Users and AIDS Association
  • Occasional Child Care Australia
  • One Step at a Time Counselling Clinic
  • Pathfinders
  • Pole Depot Community Centre
  • Port Kembla Community Project Inc
  • Raymond Terrace Neighbourhood Centre
  • Relationships Australia Canberera & Region
  • Ryde Family Support Service
  • Shine for Kids
  • Shoalhaven Neighbourhood Services
  • South East Neighbourhood Centre
  • South Sydney Community Aid
  • Spinal Cord Injuries Australia
  • St George Family Support Services
  • Stroke And Disability Information
  • The Gender Centre Inc
  • The Junction Neighbourhood Centre Inc.
  • The Place: Charlestown Community Centre
  • Touching Base Inc
  • TRI Community Exchange
  • Wee Waa Community Care Service
  • Women's Auxiliary of Sydney Legacy, The
  • Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service NSW Inc
  • Youth Connections North Coast Inc

If your organisation endorses the shared vision and values expressed in the Charter, please let us know and we will add it to the list of endorsing organisations below. 


The Charter for the NSW Community Sector

Spread the word

Your organisation can show its support for the Charter by including a clickable button (see right) on your website.

Simply copy and paste the following html code into an appropriate part of your website:

    <a href="http://ncoss.org.au/charter/NSW-Charter.pdf" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.ncoss.org.au/charter/charter.jpg" alt="Charter for NSW Community Sector" title="Charter for NSW Community Sector" hspace="5" border="0" vspace="5"></a>
 Charter for NSW Community Sector


  • Alison Peters, NCOSS Director
    phone: 02 9211 2599
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