The ACT Government will increase funding to a wide range of community organisations in the 2022/23 Territory Budget.
The funding increase reflects the recent Fair Work Commission Annual Wage Review, adjusting the methodology to reflect the impact of the decision on Award wages.
The Government recognises the majority of costs for the community sector are related to the wages and salaries of their highly valuable, skilled, and qualified workers. The funding increase will flow through to the wages of these workers and will help to address cost of living pressures.
With the 2022-23 ACT Budget to be delivered on 2 August, the ACT Government has ensured the continuation of services and programs that thousands of Canberrans rely upon and provide certainty for community sector partners into the new financial year.
The Government supports around 100 community providers to deliver over 250 essential services for Canberrans. This includes services for homelessness, child and family support, legal services, statutory care and protection, family safety, mental health, alcohol and other drug dependencies.
These programs and organisations contribute to what makes Canberra a great place to live and ensure that all Canberrans have the support they need.
The increased community sector funding also includes specific support for Roundabout Canberra to provide essential items such as baby packs, back to school packs and other necessities for vulnerable Canberrans receiving assistance through Health, Education and Child Protection Services.
The Refugee Asylum Seeker and Humanitarian (RASH) Coordination Committee will also have funding extended to allow for the continuation of support to ACT Services Card Holder clients with essential housing and living costs.