Not For Profit Summit 2013
Actions for Sustainability
Lynne Wannan
Office for the Community Sector
Department of Human Services
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Actions for sustainability – Why this
• Lots of change going on around us – demographic and
policy wise
• increasing demand and increasing complexity
• increasing cost
• a view that the way services have been provided has
failed too many people
• recognition of how important the community sector is to
supporting the Victorian people and thus to Victoria
Victoria - Changing Demographics
• Victoria’s population has increased 8.5% between 2006
and 2011
• Victoria’s population is projected to rise from 5.5 million
in 2011 to 7.3 million by 2031
• Gippsland is projected to
expand from 248,500 to
306,600 between 2006
and 2036
And people are living longer
- global economy
- neo-liberalism
- computerisation / IT
- specialised skills
- social finance
The forces of change and
their impacts (DPCD)
The knowledge
- turbulent
- uncertain
- discontinuous
- mobile
- more freedom of choice
- loss of traditions
- different values
Different places / different
- New divisions of labour
- New roles for places
- New settlement patterns
- Different community prospects
The public service economy
“A public economy need
not be an exclusive
government monopoly. It
can be a mixed economy
with substantial private
participation in the delivery
of public services.”
Vincent & Elinor Ostrom
(Beyond Public & Private, Gary L. Sturgess,
NSW Premier’s ANZSOG Chair of
Public Service Delivery)
Australia’s public service economy
• 90% of residential aged care is
delivered by the private and third
• 40% of hospital inpatients are treated
in a private hospital
• 30% of school students attend a
private school
• 20% of prisoners are managed by a
private provider
(Beyond Public & Private, Gary L. Sturgess,
NSW Premier’s ANZSOG Chair of
Public Service Delivery)
Victoria – increasing demand
• Victorians made 55,000 reports of suspected abuse and neglect of
children in 2010-11 – an increase of 49% from 2000
• The number of children in out-of-home care is growing – 5.3%per
year - for aboriginal children the growth is on average 10.6% per
• The number of people receiving homelessness services has
increased by 6.8 per cent from 2005/06-09/10
• The number of children under 15 accessing homelessness services
without a parent or guardian increased by 100% between 2005/06
and 2009/10
Growing Cost of Disadvantage
• Right now disadvantage is estimated to cost the Victorian economy
$4.6 billion a year
• An additional $213 million is spent on alcohol and other drug and
non-clinical mental health services
• The impact on individuals and families is also a big cost and lost
• The much valued increases to the Social and Community Service
(SACS) Award are estimated to cost in excess of $2 billion over the
next several years
Multiple and complex disadvantage
• A 2010 survey of young offenders in custody revealed that 35 per
cent had previous child protection involvement, 34 per cent
presented with mental health issues, and 88 per cent of cases had
alcohol or drug use related to their offending
• Research into disadvantage consistently indicates that families
experiencing the most problems tend to be the least financially
secure and often have multiple disadvantages. A relatively common
constellation of disadvantages are low income and assets; low skills;
difficulties finding and keeping a job; housing stress and poor health.
Too many Victorian service recipients
have failed to thrive
A DHS survey in 2012 of 162 males and 10 females in custody showed:
34% had previous child protection orders
67% had been expelled from school
9% were registered with disability services
Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry (2012) reported that:
Of the approx. 37,500 children who were the subject of a reoport on 09/10
almost 40% had been the subject of a substantiated case of abuse or
neglect from 09/10 or earlier reports
Significance of the community
• Australia’s public service sector accounts for 1520% of GDP, more than the mining and
manufacturing sectors combined.
• Community Organisations employ 8% of the
national workforce
• The Victorian government provides more than
$2.2 billion annually to the community sector for
service delivery
• The sector contributes $43 billion to Australia’s
Gross Domestic Product
Building community connectedness
• Between 2006 and 2011, 11.3% of Victoria’s population
provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability
(within 2 weeks prior to Census)
• The economic value of volunteering in Victoria was in
excess of $16 billion in 2006
• There are approximately 360 Neighbourhood Houses
across Victoria with at least one Neighbourhood House
in just about every town and suburb in Victoria
Community Services - Constant Evolution
Focus of today
It’s all about ensuring your organisation is sustainable as change
unfolds -
• Getting the workforce right – both paid and unpaid
• Sourcing finance for development and growth -Social
• Engaging young people
• Responding to people with complex needs
• Getting the governance right for the changing environment
• New models emerging as needs change; small and sustainable

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