Community Employers WA (CEWA) was established in late 2007, by a group of 29 CEOs of non-government, not-for-profit community service provider organisations (founding members) in Western Australia.
CEWA’s concerns are threefold:
- Staff in the community sector in WA are not paid fair and just salaries;
- The community sector in WA needs a stronger and more meaningful relationship with Government; and
- It is unlikely that community sector organisations will be able to continue to provide certain community services with current government funding levels.
CEWA’s primary objective is to secure a 30% increase in government funding to non-government, not-for-profit community service organisations in Western Australia, in order that staff employed by these organisations can be paid fair and just wages.
CEWA’s operations are solely funded by its member organisations, which demonstrates both the commitment of these organisations and the importance they place on achieving CEWA’s objectives.
Community Employers WA was officially launched in November 2008.
In July 2009, CEWA appointed an Executive Director to manage its day-to-day operations, further demonstrating its commitment to achieving its objectives.
In September 2009, CEWA was officially registered as an Employer Organisation by the Industrial Relations Commission of Western Australia, under the provisions of the Industrial Relations Act 1979.
CEWA currently represents 150 community service organisations in WA, with a growing membership base. Our members employ in excess of 25,000 staff.
Community Employers WA is not a peak body and seeks to collaborate and cooperate with existing peak and other representative bodies which have aims and objectives similar to CEWA.