Australians should be profoundly disappointed that the Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews is lending his strong endorsement to the World Congress of Families Conference in Melbourne this week which has such an outdated view of what Australian families look like in 2014, writes the Federal Shadow Minister for Women, Communities and Carers, Senator Claire Moore.
While recent analyses of the evolving relationship between Government, the Not for Profit sector and communities is compelling but there is a vitally important element missing – the roles for and contribution of co-operatives and mutuals writes Les Hems, Director of Research, Net Balance Research Institute.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s election promise of creating two million jobs over a decade is actually promising to do slightly worse than what has happened in the past, writes Fabrizio Carmignani, Professor at Griffith Business School at Griffith University, in this piece first published on The Conversation.
In an age when every Government decision is marketed as ‘reform' it's hard to distinguish genuine reform from short-term budget fixes, says Australian Council of Social Service CEO, Dr Cassandra Goldie.
The roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme will force disability providers to open their doors to a new way of doing things and offers a chance to completely reinvent themselves, writes the CEO of Achieve Australia, Anne Bryce.
Caution is needed when surveying the uptake of sustainable practices in business, according to Paul Davies, Chief Operating Officer at sustainability firm Banarra.
Andrew Forrest’s recently released Review of Indigenous Training and Employment Programmes offers a unified set of proposals, however, these options could make things worse, writes Eva Cox, Professorial Fellow Jumbunna IHL at University of Technology, Sydney in this piece first published on The Conversation.
While many aspects of working life have changed in recent decades, the inequality of outcomes experienced by male and female employees has been remarkably resistant, writes Liz Temple, Lecturer in Psychology at Federation University Australia, in this piece published on The Conversation.
Australia has much to contribute to the understanding of how the Collective Impact community change framework can be implemented, writes visiting Canadian expert, Liz Weaver, Vice President of Tamarack – an Institute for Community Engagement.
With the appropriate support from the board, developing an organisational capacity for innovation can contribute to meeting the challenges of the Not for Profit and government funded sector, according to innovation specialist Danny Davis.
It turns out that the policies for under 30s in the Federal Budget in May were a precursor to a much wider set of changes affecting unemployed people across the board, writes Veronica Sheen, Research Associate, School of Social Sciences at Monash University, in this piece first published on The Conversation.
The wish for collaboration rarely sees translation into reality writes, Geoff Aigner, Director of Social Leadership Australia at The Benevolent Society, which is co-host of Collective Impact 2014 in Melbourne.
Unilever is a true leader in connecting value for investors to value for society, writes sustainability expert Dr Carol Adams.
In this case study, Sustainability Manager at IKEA Australia, Richard Wilson, unpacks how a humble light bulb and flatpacked shelter deliver shared value to a range of beneficiaries.
The Federal Government’s Options Paper on the replacement of the charity regulator suggests that the Government has already made up its mind and, as with the decision to abolish the ACNC, is not really interested in what the sector thinks, writes Professor Ann O’Connell, from the Not-for-profit Project, Melbourne Law School.
Mental health funding reforms will impact the most vulnerable members of the community while losing years of hard earned innovation and wisdom within the Not for Profit sector, writes Jesuit Social Services CEO Julie Edwards.
The McClure Welfare Review’s interim report has revealed plans that could put more pressure on people with disability and carers, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services and disabilities Senator Rachel Siewert writes.
New ABS data released this week has put a question mark against the supposed dichotomy between building an economy and building our communities, writes David Crosbie, CEO of the Community Council for Australia.
Emotional intelligence is increasingly being applied to fundraising where relationship management – building bonds, collaborating, influencing others and inspiring – is a critical part of an effective fundraiser’s armoury, writes leadership coach Geraldine Kilbride at the London Business School.
What role does the private sector have in achieving the development outcomes of Australia’s foreign aid policy, asks Mark Ingram, CEO of Australian NGO Business for Millennium Development.
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