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Development of National Compact

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Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector, Senator Ursula Stephens, has said that systems like this are already operating in Canada and the UK and the panel will explore whether this could be developed in Australia and what might be included in such a compact.

“The panel will work in partnership with the government to ensure the integrity of the consultation process and provide advice on how a diverse range of views are considered as we develop the compact.

“It will also be an important vehicle for advancing the Commonwealth’s social inclusion agenda through a strengthened sector that will play a critical role in providing opportunities for social inclusion and participation,” said Senator Stephens.

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has sought the initial views of community organisations and users of community services about the idea of a National Compact, and has invited public comment on several points intended to serve as a basis for discussions over the coming months.

More information about the National Compact, the government’s social inclusion agenda and how you can express your views visit:

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