Community services providing vital supports to vulnerable people will receive a much-needed funding boost from the NSW Government.
Following sustained advocacy from NCOSS, the NSW Government has announced that indexation for Department of Communities and Justice-funded NGOs will be increased to 1.75 per cent.
These organisations serve as a lifeline for vulnerable people in the community, providing emergency shelter, support to women facing family violence, and food for those in financial distress amongst other services.
The funding boost is in line with the indexation rate for NSW Health-funded non-government organisations and importantly, this funding will be backdated to July 2020.
This will help meet the cost of mandated minimum wage increases and other costs of service provision that have risen over the past year.
NCOSS CEO, Joanna Quilty said this is a win for the NGOs and their staff who do the heavy lifting supporting the most vulnerable in the community.
“The NSW Government has responded to our sustained campaign and will deliver vital funding that will support those who support the most vulnerable,” Ms Quilty said.
“These workers deserve to have their pay go up, they deserve to have their work valued, and they deserve this funding boost.
“Throughout the COVID pandemic these workers have been on the frontline supporting those most in need and this funding will ease some of the pressure facing these over-worked organisations.
“For organisations stretched to capacity, every little bit helps.
“I would like to thank Minister Gareth Ward and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet for their efforts on this important matter, it is greatly appreciated.
“NCOSS will continue to fight for a better deal for our community services sector.”
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