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.
Endorse the Charter
Endorsement by the Forum of Non Government Agencies (FONGA)
72 FONGA members have endorsed the Charter and the names and logos of these organisations have been included in the Charter document.
Endorsement by other Community Sector Organisations
ARAFMI Central Coast
NCOSS is now seeking broader endorsement for the Charter by community sector organisations which are not FONGA members. The names of 28 (non-FONGA) community sector organisations which endorse the Charter are listed below: (list updated 22 May 2013)
Auburn Youth Centre Incorporated
Boronia Multicultural Services Inc
Canterbury City Community Centre
Cassia Community Centre
Central West Women’s Health Centre Inc.
Child Abuse Prevention Service
Cystic Fibrosis NSW
Disability Information Advocacy Service
Factory Community Centre Inc
Great Lakes Community Resources Inc
Healthy Cities Illawarra
Inner West Community Transport
Kariong Neighbourhood Centre
Mackillop Rural Community Services
Muswellbrook Carelink Inc.
New England HACC Development Inc
Pole Depot Community Centre
Raymond Terrace Neighbourhood Centre
Ryde Family Support Service
South Sydney Community Aid
Spinal Cord Injuries Australia
St George Family Support Services
Stroke And Disability Information
The Place: Charlestown Community Centre
TRI Community Exchange
Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service NSW 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. Please contact:
Wendy Hall, NCOSS Policy Coordination Officer
phone: 9211 2599, ext 118
To download the latest version of the Charter - click here