Opinion


29 January 2015

The Federal Department for Social Services approach to funding peak disability bodies discriminates between one type of disability experience and another and results in the “undignified spectacle” of competition for funding, according to Robbi Williams, CEO of disability Not for Profit JFA Purple Orange.

29 January 2015

Collective Impact initiative, Together SA, is fast building a reputation for bringing the best minds and practitioners, people with lived experience and local leaders together to shift social problems, writes social worker Moira Deslandes.

28 January 2015

When governments embrace new ideas to suit their own needs, they can squeeze the innovation out of them. Dr Andrew Curtis and Tara Anderson reflect on the motivations underlying the current global romance with the concept of social innovation.

27 January 2015

There are some simple and inexpensive policy changes which can help grow impact investing in Australia, and the re-establishment of the Prime Minister's Community Business Partnership provides a unique opportunity to deliver them, writes Krystian Seibert, Policy & Research Manager with Philanthropy Australia.

14 January 2015

In this piece first published on The Conversation, Sydney academics Danielle Logue and Markus A. Hollerer weigh-in on the potential value of social stock exchanges in an Australian context.

17 December 2014

A two day forum exploring payment-by-outcome projects, focusing on the social causes of re-offending in Queensland, delivered some challenging but innovative approaches to addressing them, writes Sandy Blackburn-Wright, Managing Director of Social Outcomes.

17 December 2014

Celia Hodson, CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) Australia reviews the out-takes of a recent panel discussion outlining the key challenges faced during the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

11 December 2014

Did the humanitarian community do anything that potentially saved lives between Typhoon Haiyan twelve months ago and Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines at the weekend, asks Peter Walton, Head of International Programs at the Australian Red Cross.

11 December 2014

Regular contributor on disability issues Tricia Malowney writes she was as stunned as everyone when cricketer Phil Hughes died. But now she says she wants to shout from the rooftops: “STELLA YOUNG HAS DIED”.

03 December 2014

While business has always assumed that peaceful conditions foster trade and industry, the idea that business could and should actively promote peace - as an extension of its social responsibility - is new and important, writes Associate Professor Debbie Haski-Leventhal of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

03 December 2014

The Collective Impact approach has gone ‘viral’ according to Collective Impact specialist Kerry Graham as she reflects on a recent trip to a global Summit in Canada.

02 December 2014

The message we are told is that ‘Australia is open for business’, but the sector that employs over 1 million Australians is still struggling with pre-federation barriers and red tape, writes the CEO of Community Council for Australia, David Crosbie.

27 November 2014

The Federal Government is shirking its responsibilities to Australians with disability by denying them a national independent inquiry into abuse in institutions, writes systemic advocate for inclusive practices, systemic advocate for inclusive practices,Tricia Malowney.

25 November 2014

To reinvigorate and change an organisation it is the chair that can have the most profound influence, writes adviser and researcher Conrad Liveris.

25 November 2014

Today’s White Ribbon Day, also the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, urges Australians to see the signs and to say that no amount of violence, abuse or bullying is ever OK, writes Senator Claire Moore, Labor’s Shadow Minister for Women.

20 November 2014

It’s time Not For Profits become more than just service delivery professionals, writes Doug Taylor, CEO, United Way Australia.

19 November 2014

Social Outcomes teamed up with the Wise Foundation to co-host the G20 Innovation Hub in Brisbane last week, in the lead-up to the G20 Summit - an event designed to support many of the goals set out for the G20, and showcase leading social impact models, writes Anna Bowden.

19 November 2014

Recognition of the role of social enterprises and intermediaries is needed in Australia to clarify their place in, and importance to Federal policy and the economy more broadly writes Christopher Mason, Senior Research Fellow for the Swinburne Centre for Social Impact.

18 November 2014

Australians should all care about the findings of the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning, recently delivered to the Federal Government and due to be tabled soon, because it affects our future prosperity as a nation, says Executive Director of The Benevolent Society, Matt Gardiner.

13 November 2014

Not for Profits will need to adapt to the changing funding environment and the new world of consumer-directed care in order to flourish and survive, writes Senator Mitch Fifield, the Federal Assistant Minister for Social Services.

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