Queenslanders are being asked to give their feedback on how the Newman Government can revitalise investment in social services like child safety, health, housing, disability services and homelessness.
Treasurer and Chair of the Social Services Cabinet Committee Tim Nicholls said the public consultation period for the draft Social Services Investment Framework was now open for Queenslanders to have their say.
“The Newman Government is committed to reforming the way Government agencies do business with the social service sector, after 20 years of Labor’s economic bungling and inefficiencies pushed the cost of providing services in Queensland to the highest in the nation,” Mr Nicholls said.
“With grants from social services agencies accounting for over $5 billion in funding, and demand expected to grow significantly into the future, we’re committed to managing funding resourcefully to ensure it reaches those who need it most.”
Mr Nicholls said the draft Framework for the much-needed funding reforms had been driven by feedback from the social service sector and recommendations from the Commission of Audit.
“Our Government’s disciplined plan to cut red tape, reduce the cost of doing business and streamline funding approvals will have a positive and lasting impact on the social service sector.
“The draft Framework sets the foundation for a series of social service reforms to make funding arrangements more efficient, transparent and accountable, and will deliver sustainable frontline services to the community.
“Our social services reforms include a procurement framework, Social Services Investment Portal and building public sector capability; while aiming to develop a stronger and more sustainable community sector and improving value for money in Government investment in social services.”
Communities Minister Tracy Davis said the Framework would provide Government agencies and social service organisations with principles for when, why and how Government invests in social services, which was why it was important for interested agencies and people to give their input.
“These reforms will benefit the social service sector by ensuring these vital resources are allocated to the right services, at the right time and in the right way,” Ms Davis said.
“This is an opportunity for all social service agencies and interested Queenslanders to have their say on the investment principles and approach outlined in the draft Framework and help shape new policies, practices and tools for the social service sector,” she said.
The draft Framework is available on the Get Involved website www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au, with the consultation period closing on 4 April 2014.
Visit www.treasury.qld.gov.au for more information on the social services reforms.