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    Sustainability of Community Services

    WACOSS estimates that the community services sector in Western Australia is 30% under-funded. Many of the cost pressures contributing to the funding shortfall are associated with the rising costs of delivering services, especially accommodation, fuel and transport, utilities, insurance, regulatory costs and security needs due to the growing complexity and risks associated with service delivery.

    The majority of the funding shortfall, however, relates to funds required to ensure agencies have the capacity to meet fair and just salary rates. WACOSS has conducted extensive research over recent years that strongly support correcting the inadequacy of wages in the community services sector. Low salaries in social services are increasingly curbing the community sector’s capacity to offer effective services based on a skilled and experienced workforce. Low salaries make attracting and retaining staff more difficult and results in a high staff turnover rate.

    1. WACOSS Submission- Statutory Definition of a Charity, May 2013
      file (367.42 KB)
    2. WACOSS Submission - ACNC Annual Information Statements, April 2013
      file (542.20 KB)
    3. WACOSS submission to the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission Consultation Paper on Draft Governance Standards, February 2013
      file (515.51 KB)
    4. WACOSS Submission in response to the Tax Concession Working Group Discussion Paper, Dec 2012
      file (503.16 KB)
    5. Equal Remuneration Order - Application Issues CCI Presentation, November 2012
      file (482.26 KB)
    6. Update on FWA Supplementation Processes - Key Issues for Service Providers WACOSS Presentation, November 2012
      file (586.01 KB)
    7. WACOSS Submission to the Joint Inquiry into the ACNC Bill 2012, August 2012
      file (614.46 KB)
    8. Sustainability of Community Services – WACOSS 2011-12 Issues Paper, Nov 2010
      file (511.08 KB)
    9. Industrial Relations System and WA Not for Profit Organisations, Factsheet, Feb 2010
      file (186.96 KB)
    10. Close the Gender Pay Gap: Value Community Services. Research Paper, March 2009
      file (1.13 MB)
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