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Who is the community services sector?
Why is industry planning being undertaken?
What will community services industry planning achieve?
Who will be involved in the development of the community services industry plan?
What will planning include?
Read the discussion paper
How to participate
What’s happened so far?
Victoria’s community sector charities work to support and connect people, strengthen communities and advocate for a fair and just society.
The industry is comprised of around 4,500 organisations of varying size and scope and is comprised of around 150,000 people. It employs more people than other key industries such as mining, electricity, gas, water and waste services, wholesale trade, information, media and telecommunications and more. It is similar in size to transport, postal and warehousing and public administration and safety.
The health care and social assistance industry (which includes most community services) currently employs around 412,000 people in Victoria and is the largest sector by employment in this state. It has had the fastest growth in employment in Victoria.
Change has been constant for community sector organisations with dramatic shifts in the way services are delivered. There has been the onset of major trends and reforms such as the move to person-centred funding approaches which require services to be more responsive to service users, increasing demand for services, greater competition between providers, funding uncertainty and governments wanting to see the outcomes from the funding they provide.
There is also increasing recognition that not one service type or sector is able to meet the holistic needs of people facing vulnerability, poverty and disadvantage. Traditionally there have been disjointed policy settings which have led to a fragmented and poorly coordinated service system, with services that do not ‘join up’ cohesively to deliver positive outcomes for people.
The sector and government now have a real opportunity to work together to create a whole of Community Sector Industry Plan that articulates the vision and steps needed over the next 10 years.
This long-term planning is being complemented by the development of tailored transition plans that will address short-to-medium term reform implications for specific industry sectors, including child and family services, homelessness, social housing and family violence.
The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (CECFW), Community Housing Industry Association Victoria (CHIA Vic, formerly Community Housing Federation of Victoria) and the Council to Homeless Persons are developing four year plans for the child and family, community housing and specialist homelessness sectors respectively, and have been commissioned to implement these plans over the four year period.
Industry planning over the next 10 years will:
VCOSS is working in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services and the community sector to develop a 10-year plan for the industry. This includes:
Industry planning will address the intersections, interdependencies and transition points across Victoria’s various sectors . It will provide a “helicopter” view of the major trends and strategies that will impact on all sectors and guide planning for the future of community services.
Key priority areas for community services industry planning will include:
The discussion paper is available below in PDF. Please contact VCOSS on 9235 1000 if you require a word accessible version.
Download discussion paper (1.90MB PDF)
You can participate by:
Submissions close Friday 17 November 2017, 11.59pm.
If you require assistance, please contact us at email@example.com or phone (03) 9235 1000.
On 17 March 2017, around 100 community services representatives attended the The Social Service Sector of Tomorrow Industry Planning Symposium. You can download the post-event communique which summarises the event and outlines the top ideas which came from discussions.
Throughout October 2017, VCOSS and DHHS continued consultation with four regional consultations in Bendigo, Traralgon, Benalla and Wyndham.
Contact VCOSS at firstname.lastname@example.org