Declining government support for community associations and related groups has resulted in the industry contracting over the past five years. While some sectors of the industry have recorded declining income, the variety of organisations and groups that operate in the industry has helped limit these falls. A declining rate of government funding has resulted in many community organisations reducing service levels and limiting expansion. The unstable economic climate in the aftermath of the financial crisis has also made fundraising more difficult. This is a key source of revenue for many organisations in the industry.
Community associations and other interest groups are associations, clubs or organisations that promote community or other interests. These include formal political organisations, environmental groups, community groups, automobile clubs, veterans' associations, welfare groups and youth groups. Excluded from the industry are sporting clubs, religious groups, business and professional associations and professional interests of labour and union employees such as trade unions.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.