7 JUNE 2013: The 2013 State Budget, released on 4 June, unsurprisingly shows continued fiscal restraint as the State grapples with reduced revenue and although there were no significant increases in funding to community services, the Government did avoid further sweeping cuts to programs supporting culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities – this represents both opportunities and challenges for the year ahead. View media release. (more…)
This is a careful budget with opportunities to deliver more accountability for Government’s total investment. There are planned increases in frontline workers in areas such as health and education which is welcomed. A commitment to front line services inevitably contributes to greater capacity for responding to vulnerable population groups.
Of critical importance is that the not-for-profit sector is involved in any redesign and recommissioning of services to ensure that vulnerable Queenslanders are not disadvantaged in the quest for short-term efficiency gains. In particular, ECCQ will be working to ensure that this process, and its impact, improves responses to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. Click here for the full response. (more…)
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