A stronger, more diverse and independent community sector – Questionnaire Step 1 of 7 14% I have read and agreed with the privacy notice and consent to participate in this consultation.(Required) Yes Privacy notice Before we commence, we would like to ask some questions to help us understand who are engaging in this process.I am making a submission as an:(Required) Individual Organisation Name or Pseudonym(Required) Email(Required) Which of the following statements best describes you? (Select all that apply) I am a researcher or academic I am employed by federal, state or territory, or local government I am a service user I am a community sector employee I am a community sector volunteer Other Please specify Which state or territory do you live in? Australian Capital Territory New South Wales Northern Territory Queensland South Australia Tasmania Victoria Western Australia I do not live in Australia Prefer not to say Which type of geographic location do you live in? A capital city A regional city or town A remote town or area Prefer not to say Do you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander? Yes No Prefer not to say Are you from a culturally or linguistically diverse background? Yes No Prefer not to say Do you identify as having a disability? Yes No Prefer not to say Do you identify as a member of the LGBTIQA+ community? Yes No Prefer not to say Do you agree to have your submission published on this website? Yes (With name) Yes (Without name, published anonymously) No Organisation name(Required) Email(Required) In which state or territory do you service or operate? (Select all that apply) Australian Capital Territory New South Wales Northern Territory Queensland South Australia Tasmania Victoria Western Australia All of the above Which type of geographic location do you service? National State or Territory Local Rural/Remote What size organisation are you? Small (Annual Revenue under $500,000) Medium (Annual revenue of $500,000 - $3 million) Larger (Annual revenue of $3 million or more) Prefer not to say Do you provide targeted support for First Nations people? Yes No Prefer not to say Do you provide targeted support for people from a culturally or linguistically diverse background? Yes No Prefer not to say Please provide more information Do you provide targeted support for people with disability? Yes No Prefer not to say Please provide more information Do you provide targeted support for members of the LGBTIQA+ community? Yes No Prefer not to say If you provided targeted support to another specific demographic, please detail below.Do you agree to have your submission published on this website?(Required) Yes (With Organisation name) Yes (Without name, published anonymously) No Guided Questionnaire This is a questionnaire with 24 free text questions, which are the same as in the issues paper. You do not need to respond to every question, just the questions that are important to you. There is also the opportunity after the questionnaire to upload documents, such as examples or case studies, to demonstrate your experiences. Alternatively, if you do not want to answer any of these questions, you can skip them and upload a written submission by selecting 'no' to the question below.Would you like to answer the guided questions?(Required) Yes No (this will allow you to directly upload a document) 1. Area of focus: Giving the sector the voice and respect it deserves through a meaningful working partnership1.1 What would a partnership between CSOs and the government that achieves outcomes for Australians being supported by the community sector look like?1.2 How can CSOs and government streamline the sharing of information, particularly through utilising technology to effectively engage, distribute, share, influence and inform in a timely and efficient manner?1.3 How can government ensure the community sector, including service users, and those not able to access services, have an opportunity to contribute to program design without imposing significant burdens?2. Area of focus: Providing grants that reflect the real cost of delivering quality services2.1 What would adequate and flexible funding look like?2.2 What administrative and overhead costs are not being considered in current grant funding?2.3 How are rising operational costs impacting the delivery of community services?2.4 What have been your experiences with and reflections on the supplementation and change to indexation?2.5 How can CSOs and the department work together to determine where funds are needed most to ensure equitable and responsive distribution of funds?2.6 How can government streamline reporting requirements, including across multiple grants, to reduce administrative burden on CSOs?3. Area of focus: Providing longer grant agreement terms3.1 What length grants are CSOs seeking to provide certainty and stability for ongoing service delivery?3.2 What timeframes should the government aim for, at a minimum, to provide final outcomes on grant variations/extensions before the current grant ceases?3.3 What funding flexibility do CSOs require to enable service delivery and innovation?3.4 What flexibility is required by CSOs in acquittal processes to support and encourage sector innovation?3.5 How can government improve the variation process, with consideration that CSOs must demonstrate alignment with the grant agreement and provide evidence of value for money outcomes?4. Area of focus: Ensuring grant funding flows to a greater diversity of CSOs4.1 How can the government ensure opportunities are available for new and emerging organisations to access funding?4.2 What programs, supports and information are already available for smaller CSOs to help build capacity of the organisation? Are these working?4.3 How could larger CSOs support smaller CSOs? What are the barriers to providing this support?5. Area of focus: Partnering with trusted community organisations with strong local links5.1 What is your experience with and reflections on place-based funding approaches?5.2 What innovative approaches could be implemented to ensure the grant funding reaches trusted community organisations with strong local links?5.3 Which areas do you consider have duplicative funding or gaps you think need to be addressed, and what is the evidence?5.4 Where there is a community-led change initiative, could shared accountability to community and funders (government) strengthen service delivery?6. General questions for each focus area6.1 If any, what are the problems or challenges you think have been overlooked?6.2 What other solutions or changes could also be considered?6.3 What does success look like? Upload written submission or other document/s This is optional. You can upload multiple files which can be document, audio or video files. 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