Anglicare Sydney Welcomes National Compact

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ANGLICARE Sydney Welcomes National Compact

Media Release

Wednesday 17 March, 2010

ANGLICARE Sydney has welcomed the signing today of the National Compact between the federal government and the Third Sector.

ANGLICARE Sydney CEO Peter Kell says the Compact signals a positive shift in the relationship between the government and the thousands of community sector organisations that deliver key services to individuals and communities throughout Australia.

"We are particularly supportive of the Compact's priority to protect the right of community service organisations to undertake advocacy irrespective of any funding relationship that might exist," said Mr Kell.

"This represents a significant development in how the Third Sector is understood and valued within Australian society and reflects a growing maturity in the relationships between government and non-government organisations.

"The commitment to reduce red tape and to streamline the reporting processes associated with delivering government-funded programs is also a very welcome development."

However, Mr Kell says that the challenge now is to make the Compact a tangible reality in practice.

"We wait with interest to see how the action plans flowing out of the Compact will be developed and implemented.

"Of particular interest to ANGLICARE Sydney, will be how the jurisdictional logjams in financial arrangements and reporting requirements between state and federal governments will be addressed."

With a vision of 'Lives changing and communities growing by care through Jesus Christ', ANGLICARE Sydney is one of Australia's largest community care organisations operating more than 150 programs throughout Sydney, the Illawarra and the South Coast.


Peter Kell is available for interview. Call 0402 849 010.

Media Contact: Jim Wackett 0408 426 381


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