Programs & Services


Community Support

  • Fair pay for social and community services workers
    On 1 February 2012, Fair Work Australia made an historic decision to provide fair pay for social and community services (SACS) workers and for workers in crisis assistance and supported housing (CASH).
  • Volunteer Grants
    Support to community organisations to help their volunteers in the course of their volunteering activities.
  • Financial Management Program
    The Program helps people across a range of income and financial literacy levels to manage their money, overcome financial adversity, participate in their communities and plan for the medium to long term.
  • Emergency Relief
    Assistance for people in immediate financial crisis who do not have other reasonable means of support.
  • Preparedness: business continuity and pandemic planning
    Preparedness includes conducting activities like business continuity planning for natural disasters, pandemics or other disruptive events.
  • Services and information
    Links in response to frequent enquiries about community programs and services.
  • Commonwealth Financial Counselling (CFC)
    A service strategy under the Australian Government's Financial Management Program.

Community Development

  • Civil Society
    Civil Society encompasses the diverse range of community services undertaken by 600,000 charities and not-for-profit organisations across Australia.
  • National Centre for Excellence
    The Australian Government has committed to establish an independent Civil Society National Centre for Excellence (NCE) to support the vital work of charities and not-for-profits organisations.
  • Consultation on Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission Replacement Arrangements
    Throughout July and August the Department will consult with charities and civil society organisations on the proposed replacement arrangements for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC).
  • Register of Harm Prevention Charities
    A tax incentive mechanism to assist eligible institutions.
  • National Secretariat
    Financial support for peak bodies to assist them to contribute to government policy and service delivery, and communicate government information to their memberships.
  • Community Investment Program
    Helps Australians to participate in the community by supporting not-for-profit organisations to deliver responsive and integrated services that meet local community needs.
  • Community Business Partnership
    The Community Business Partnership will be re-established in 2014–15 to promote a culture of giving and volunteering in Australia.
  • Help for ethnic community organisations
    Helpful information and links for ethnic community organisations in relation to funding, governance and setting up a new organisation.


  • Helping Problem Gamblers
    The Government has committed to a national policy approach to help problem gamblers, which will consider best practice approaches to gambling policy, across all forms of gambling.

Mental Health

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