Partnering with the Community Sector

The Challenge for the Public Service

Events - 11 Aug 2011

In 2008 the WA Government announced the “establishment of an economic audit group to conduct a wide-ranging review of the operational and financial performance of the Western Australian public sector”.

The audit group made a series of recommendations which were released in December 2009, a number of which focused on greater collaboration between government and community sector to support the delivery of human services.

Partnerships between government and community sector have become more essential with the release of the Delivering Community Services in Partnership Policy and the 2011-2012 state budget announcing that there would be a $1billion social services package, including $604million over five years to support sustainable service delivery by the not-for-profit sector.

Professor Peter Shergold raised some important discussion points including the need for government agencies to stop focussing on compliance and start focussing on outcomes. He also said that those who receive government services are best placed to design, direct and manage them.

The main theme from the seminar explored the need for a different service delivery model in government, one which is open and transparent so that government and community may work together and resolve problems with shared solutions.


Professor Peter Shergold
Macquarie Group Foundation Professor
The Centre for Social Impact
Partnering with the Community Sector:  The Challenge for the Public Service


Ms Rebecca Brown
Executive Director, Strategic Issues
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Building a Genuine Partnership between the public and not-for-profit sector

Dr Ron Chalmers
Director General
Disability Services Commission
Community Services Partnership Policy: Keeping an eye on the ultimate goal



Mr Eddie Bartnik
Mental Health Commission
Mental health reform in WA: Some key opportunities and challenges


Mr Ian Carter AM
Chief Executive Officer
Anglicare WA
Beyond Funding and Contracting – the Main Game is Policy Collaboration



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