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The community sector is underfunded, overworked and underpaid – that is the conclusion of a new report released on Tuesday that shows how the pandemic has compounded the strain on the services sector.

Carrying the Costs of the Crisis – undertaken by the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW Sydney for ACOSS and the State and Territory Councils of Social Service – explores the experiences of 1,828 community sector workers in 2021.

The report highlighted acute funding shortages; increased difficulties in securing funding; a reliance on short-term contracts; opaque and problematic contract renewal processes; contracting arrangements constraining or influencing advocacy; high amounts of unpaid work; concerns about job security; and recruitment and retention challenges.

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