Western Australia’s community services sector plays a vital role in protecting and supporting many of our most vulnerable and disadvantaged community members. As the gap between Western Australia’s rich and poor widens, the sector often has to try and accomplish more, with less. They work tirelessly and innovatively to deliver services and to make their meagre dollars stretch as far as possible.
As an employer of close to 93,000 people in Western Australia, the community services sector also plays a significant role in our economy. The sector delivers an estimated 1500 government contracts, and also serves an important role providing advice to government, and in particular assisting in the design of effective services, programs and interventions.
The sector is made up disproportionately of women and their wages continue to be significantly below comparable positions in the public service. Adequately funding the sector will play an important role in addressing the pay equity gap.
Alison and the Greens WA are committed to improving the wellbeing of all Western Australians, particularly those who are vulnerable and at-risk, and to reducing the pay equity gap through a well-funded community services sector. (See also Women).