The Collective was launched in July 2014 by NSW Family and Community Services (FACS) Minister Gabrielle Upton, Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka and Treasurer Andrew Constance, to bring together cross-sector stakeholders with shared values and common interest to leverage the social capital in communities to support the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
“Governments do not hold all of the wisdom and resources needed to deal with the complex issues that disadvantaged people face,” Minister Upton said.
“Because communities are closest to the issues affecting them, they can sometimes be best placed to offer a solution. “
“[The Collective] is about gathering the local community around projects, directing local time, talent and resources to help those who need it.”
In 2016 the NSW Council of Community Services (NCOSS) led the successful tender of a Collective Consortium to transition The Collective out of FACS and to deliver a sustainable model for collaborative engagement for the future.
As the peak body for health and community services in NSW NCOSS is uniquely placed to lead The Collective to support the sector to deliver services that enable communities working together, taking action to solve their own problems, and reducing their dependence on government.