Building the Community-Controlled Sector
‘A community-controlled organisation implicitly recognises the strength, the expertise and the right to self-determination by Indigenous communities’
Engagement participant at New South Wales meeting
Building formal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled sectors to deliver services to support Closing the Gap.
The parties acknowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled services usually achieve better results, employ more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and are often preferred over mainstream services.
Strong community-controlled sector elements
- Sustained capacity building and investment.
- Dedicated and identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce.
- Community-controlled organisations are supported by a Peak Body, which has strong governance and policy development and influencing capacity.
- Community-controlled organisations have a dedicated, reliable and consistent funding model designed to suit the types of services required by communities.
- Commit to building strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled sectors and organisations in line with the strong sector elements.
- Include in annual reports information on action taken to strengthen the community-controlled sector.
- Implement measures to increase the proportion of services delivered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.
The partnership will:
- Recognise that building strong community-controlled sectors to deliver Closing the Gap services and programs requires national effort and joined up delivery against all sector elements in agreed priority areas.
- Identify sectors for joint national strengthening effort every three years through Sector Strengthening Plans. The initial Sector Strengthening Plans will focus on:
- Early childhood care and development
- Develop Sector Strengthening Plans in line with the strong community-controlled sector elements and have the following four streams:
- Capital infrastructure
- Service provision