Contesting Welfare: Welfare Services and Government Funding (1998)

An opinion piece on competition, privatisation and the impact on the community sector.

The Victorian Government intends to obligate competitive tendering for all its youth and family services contracts from mid-1999 on. There is, however, substantial and growing opposition to the use of this particular tool in the reconstruction of community services: that which is intended to strengthen the community may, if set in action, destroy the community.