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ACT Community Services Industry Strategy 2016-2026 released

6 September 2016

Media release by the Joint Community Government Reference Group (JCGRG), 6 September 2016, reproduced below.

Industry strategy sets vision for community services sector

A 10 year vision for the future of the community services industry focusing on the economic and social wellbeing of Canberra’s most vulnerable was released today.

The ACT Community Services Industry Strategy 2016-26 provides an opportunity for the community services industry to come together and take ownership of creating new opportunities for development, while helping to create a vibrant and sustainable sector.

The Strategy was released by the Joint Community Government Reference Group (JCGRG). The JCGRG is a consultative forum that enables an open and transparent relationship between the ACT Government and community sector. The JCGRG is co-chaired by Susan Helyar, ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) and Geoffrey Rutledge, ACT Government.

“This Strategy recognises that community services are undergoing a period of significant change in the policy and funding environment. It explores why and how government and services are working differently to address the causes of inequality and exclusion, respond effectively to the needs of our community now and into the future, and align organisation goals and structures to the expectations of people who access services, workers, volunteers, governing bodies and funders,” Ms Helyar said.

Mr Rutledge welcomed the release of the Strategy, saying the JCGRG will oversee the development and implementation of the first action plan, addressing key workforce capability, research and evaluation, and governance and leadership priorities.

“This is the result of extensive consultation with the community sector and will ensure the sector remains well-positioned to provide quality services to the Canberra community into the future,” Mr Rutledge said.

Ms Helyar concluded, “The Community Sector has deeply appreciated the leadership provided by the ACT Minister for Community Services, Yvette Berry, and the support she has given to a development process that was both thorough and consultative.”

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Name Susan Helyar / Contact phone 0448791987 / Contact email [email protected]

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