DCA Response to Department of Social Services Issues Paper

DCA provided a submission to the Department of Social Services to support a strong and diverse community sector, including funding for organisations that support specific disadvantaged and marginalised communities. 

DCA’s vision is to create a more diverse and inclusive Australia by encouraging and enabling Australian organisations to create diverse and inclusive workplaces. Government support for a strong, diverse and sustainable community sector is critical to help ensure all Australians are afforded opportunities to actively participate – and thrive – in the Australian workforce.

There is ample evidence, including data cited in the Issues Paper, highlighting key areas of disadvantage calling for priority reform: The National Agreement on Closing the Gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, people with disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. DCA welcomes the government’s acknowledgment that different approaches may be required to ensure diverse workforces and culturally competent, appropriate and safe practices, and priority groups are properly resourced.