The Productivity Commission has released the annual Report on Government Services for 2017. The report reviews 17 services. Of particular interest to the Community Sector is Volume E – Health, Volume F – Community Services and Volume G – Housing and Homelessness.
Community Sector News
The Australian Government has released the Social Impact Investing Discussion Paper. The discussion paper sets out a whole of government position on social impact investing. Section 2 Overview of social impact investing includes a useful explanation of what Social Impact Investing is, the main forms it takes and the challenges facing organisations interested in accessing this market.
The Australian Institute of Family Studies have released an information sheet: What is community development? It differentiates community development from community-based work by explaining that it is a process where community members are supported by agencies to identify and take collective action on issues which are important to them.
The Senate Community Affairs References Committee has announced an inquiry and report on The design, scope, cost-benefit analysis, contracts awarded and implementation associated with the Better Management of the Social Welfare System initiative. The terms of reference are specifically focussed on Centrelink and the impact of recent Government automated debt collection processes. Submissions close Wednesday 22 March, 2017
NCOSS and Justice Connect have partnered to provide 2 half-day training sessions in Tahmoor on 6 March 2017. The Confident Board Member covers the roles and responsibilities of board members to enable them to meet their governance requirements. Working with Other Organisations: From MOUs to Mergers talks about the different forms of “partnering” and what organisations need to think about BEFORE they enter formal arrangements. For more information and to register click on the ab
Jobs Australia have released their training calendar and directory for 2017. The training is designed for NFPs in the community sector. Upcoming workshops include: Recruiting for success; Retaining and engaging new staff; Workplace relations; Conflict management; and, Workplace investigations training. Most training is provided in Sydney but may be repeated in Port Macquarie or Newcastle. Half day sessions are $130 – members, $170 – non-members, full day workshops are $240 – members, $300 – non-members.
Trish Lumley last wrote for SSRI three years ago claiming the sector needed a major transformation. In those three years she has seen a number of changes. In A New Paradigm: Toward a User-Centered Social Sector she explores the three areas she believes are the most exciting: The rise of feedback; New forms of collaboration; and Disruption through technology.
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