Victoria Deputy Premier Peter Ryan
Victoria Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan
Victoria Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Development Damian Drum
Vic Coalition Helps Put Communities In Control
Victor P Taffa
More than 1,000 representatives of Australia’s not-for-profit (NFP) community sector gathered in Melbourne today for the annual Our Community Communities in Control conference.
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Development Damian Drum represented the Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan at the event.
Delivering the opening address, Mr Drum acknowledged the enormous contribution made to the community by the NFP sector.
“In Victoria alone there are more than 120,000 NFP community organisations delivering around $2.2 Billion in Government Services and engaging more than a million volunteers who support Victorian families.” Mr. Drum said.
“By any standard this is a significant contribution to the economy and to the delivery of important support services in our community.”
Mr. Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government had allocated $4.5 Million in the recent State Budget to support the sustainability of the NFP sector in Victoria with a focus on building capacity.
“Work is also underway on a Common Funding Agreement for use by all Government departments funding NFP organisations to deliver community projects, businesses and services which is designed to help significantly cut red-tape.”
In addition, Mr. Ryan said the Government had allocated funding for the development of a one-stop-shop online portal for Victorian community organisations.
“The easy-to-use online resource helps groups navigate through various governance channels and offers capacity building programs to help support the community sector workforce.” Mr. Ryan said.
Mr. Ryan said the need for NFP organisations would increase in the future with population growth, housing affordability and an ageing population creating significant challenges within the community.
“Staying relevant and responsive to change is the key to the ongoing success of the NFP sector, making this year’s conference theme ‘It’s time for change’ particularly relevant.” Mr. Ryan said.