THE MISSION OF THE COMMUNITY SERVICE SECTOR IN A TIME OF CHANGE
The way human services are funded is changing. There are new opportunities for community service organisations, but risks too. Do charitable providers have to choose between the money and the mission, or can we balance both?
The Brotherhood is undertaking a research program to work out how community organisations can successfully adapt while remaining true to our social mission. It will investigate:
- the impact of human services contracting on the independence of the community services sector
- how community service organisations can build productive working relationships with governments to end poverty in Australia
- how large and small organisations can work together rather than compete for reduced funding
- how community organisations can work through the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) to empower individuals in their communities.
Contact: Danielle Thornton dthornton(at)bsl.org.au
Shelley Mallett, Danielle Thornton and David Bryant 2018, Steering social innovation: community agencies and the commissioning of Education First Youth Foyers, case study written for and published by the Case Program, The Australia and New Zealand School of Government, anzsog.edu.au
Danielle Thornton, David Bryant and Shelley Mallett 2018, Making the leap: a practical guide to inter-agency collaboration (PDF, 1.2 MB)
Reforms to human services: response to the Productivity Commission
February 2017 (PDF, 794 KB)