Lina Caneva - Pro Bono Australia
Not for Profit peak bodies and leading welfare organisations fronted a Senate Inquiry in Canberra today venting their anger and frustration over the Department of Social Services’ so called “open tender” process in which just 15 per cent of applications for funding were successful.
Peak bodies told a Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee inquiry that the tender process by the Department of Social Services had been deliberately divisive and had “pulled the rug out from underneath” the sector.
Australia’s housing and homelessness peaks also called on the Senate Committee to urgently restore funding to the peak bodies who provide a voice for vulnerable Australians.
Other welfare peaks called on the Federal Government to restore funding stability to the whole sector for the continued delivery of community services as well as ongoing employment.