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At a meeting of the COSS directors in Brisbane this week, NCOSS stood with its COSS counterparts to make the case to government for a return of funds denied to crucial community services across the country.

By our count, the Federal Government has identified up to $1 billion in "savings measures" from community services that include:

  • $270 million over four years to Department of Social Services;
  • foreshadowed cut of $197 million to Department of Health;
  • $500 million in cuts to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services;
  • additional cuts to legal services including Legal Aid and community legal services.

We’re calling on the Federal Government to:

  • Stop these funding cuts and determine, in partnership with the community service sector, adequate funding;
  • Extend current funding for organisations that have not yet been able to finalise new Government funding offers;and
  • Adopt the recommendations of the Productivity Commission to improve government contracting with community organisations.

See our full response here.