Although healthcare providers are predominantly run or funded by the government, community services rely on private philanthropy and entrepreneurship as well as government funding to generate revenue. The Community Services subdivision generates only one-quarter of the money dedicated to the Heath and Community Services division, and comprises activities like crisis care, aged care, childcare services, welfare services and fundraising. These industries receive significant funding boosts during hard times, as government spending increases to stimulate a flagging economy and ensure the provision of services to the community.
Community services providers offer largely ancillary services to health provision, such as homes for the mentally ill or victims of substance abuse. Largely, these services provide greater opportunity for Australians to contribute to the economy or care for those who cannot. For example, childcare providers allow parents to remain in the workforce. The bulk of these services are offered by a combination of government and private money.
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.