Inquiry into service coordination in communities with high social needs
A new Parliamentary inquiry is aiming to improve the way government and non-government services are delivered to those who need them most.
NSW Nationals MP and Chair of the Social Issues Committee, Hon Bronnie Taylor MLC, said the inquiry was an important opportunity for regional communities and organisations.
“We know that so often, an issue doesn’t need more money thrown at it – it’s about making the services and programs we already have work together to get the outcomes our communities deserve”, Mrs Taylor said.
The committee will assess whether government agencies and non-government service providers are coordinating to best meet the needs of their clients.
“We need to ensure all these providers, including health services, schools, the courts, and family and community services are working together to get the best outcomes for those who rely on them”, Mrs Taylor said.
The committee will also look at the barriers to effective service coordination, including the impact that privacy laws may have on service providers talking to each other and coordinating services for their clients.
“How can people in difficult circumstances get the help they need if the different organisations providing that assistance don’t – or can’t – talk to one another. You need a coordinated approach to solve complex issues”, Mrs Taylor said.
Mrs Taylor said the committee was still receiving submissions.
“Any individual or organisation is welcome to make a submission. If they have any experiences or ideas of how our government and non-government providers can work together better, they should consider having their say”.
Submissions can be made until Sunday 16 August. For more information or to have your say, visit the committee website at www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/socialissues.