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Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

    New online portal to benefit community sector

    Friday, 25 January 2013
    • WACOSS receives $394,000 grant to develop online community platform
    • More than $7.6m Social Innovation Grants delivered to date

    The Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) is set to receive $394,000 to develop a new online training and information platform from the latest round of the State Government’s Social Innovation Grants (SIG) program.


    Speaking at today’s WACOSS New Year Sector Breakfast, Premier Colin Barnett said the service was one of six recipients in the latest round of the SIG program.


    The online portal will provide information resources and training opportunities to encourage communication and collaboration between organisations, their employees and members of the community.


    “The State Government recognises the invaluable work done by the hundreds of community sector organisations which deliver services and care to those most in need of assistance,” Mr Barnett said.


    “We recognise Government agencies are not always best placed to provide these services, which is why we are empowering the not-for-profit sector to find innovative ways of helping the community.”


    The SIG program provides financial support to not-for-profit groups to improve the delivery of social and community services through the sharing of policy, practice and data across agencies.


    The Premier said the program had proved incredibly popular, delivering $9.4million in grants for 31 projects from six rounds of applications. The following projects also received round six grants:

    • St Patrick’s Community Support Centre’s South Metropolitan Partnership project ($487,400)
    • Zonta House Refuge Association’s Private Rental Assistance program ($25,000 seed funding)
    • Carnamah Historical Society’s virtual volunteering program ($100,000)
    • Youth Affairs Council of WA’s Youth Services mobile phone app ($215,500)
    • My Place Foundation’s Ben’s House project for people with disabilities ($623,000).

    “This is further evidence of the Liberal National Government’s commitment to working in partnership with a sustainable not-for-profit sector,” Mr Barnett said.


    “This commitment is aimed at ensuring the sustainability of community sector providers for the services they deliver on behalf of Government to our community.”


              Fact File

    • Government signalled its commitment to working with a sustainable not-for-profit sector by allocating additional funding of $604m across four years in 2011-12 State Budget

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