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The Wolfenden Committee in the U.K. identified four sectors which provide "social care" - the statutory, the commercial, the informal, and the "voluntary". The preferred term for "voluntary" is "non-government". The Social Welfare Research Centre, in conjunction with SACOSS is conducting a study of NGWOs, comprising roughly 37,000 agencies in Australia. The studies have been testing some of the theory that's been developed overseas, especially the relationship between non-government organizations and government, which in many cases is a heavy sponsor of NGWOs.
Speech presented to the National Council of Social Services, Sydney, 23rd March 1982 by Adam Graycar, Director, Social Welfare Research Centre, University of New South Wales. This speech is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/