Community Services | The Greens (WA)

Community Services

A well-funded community service sector is crucial to the provision of high quality services to strengthen social infrastructure

The Greens (WA) believe that:

  • The community service sector plays a vital role in sustaining our economy, and protecting and supporting many of our most vulnerable and disadvantaged community members 
  • A well-funded community service sector is crucial to the provision of high quality community services and to addressing Western Australia’s pay equity gap
  • Not-for-profit and advocacy groups must be able to provide an independent voice in public debate and decision making without fear of repercussion or loss of funding
  • Competitive tendering diminishes the collaborative strength of the not-for-profit sector

Aims

The Greens (WA) want:

  • well-funded community services to strengthen social infrastructure
  • adequate and secure funding for not-for-profit welfare and advocacy organisations

Measures

The Greens (WA) will initiate and support legislation and actions that:

  • support improved and longer-term  funding for community services, including improved service provision in regional and remote communities
  • support a well resourced not-for-profit sector that provides direct advice to government on social services
  • close the gender pay gap in the community services sector (See The Greens (WA) Women policy)

(See also the Australian Greens Social Services policy)

Community Services policy ratified by The Greens (WA) in 2017