Opinion


25 February 2015

Social innovation and social enterprise is its best when it’s operating on the edges and not unwittingly supporting the status quo, write Dr Andrew Curtis and Tara Anderson in the concluding part of their series looking at social innovation globally.

24 February 2015

With the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, there must be an established framework that focuses on housing options for young people living in aged care that are currently falling through the cracks, writes Greens Senator Senator Rachel Siewert.

24 February 2015

After more than a year of campaigning by the Federal Government to ditch it, support for the charity regulator, the ACNC has barely wavered and now it’s time that Minister Morrison officially dropped its policy, writes Andrew Leigh, the Shadow Assistant Treasurer.

10 February 2015

In the light of the latest political "refocusing" by Prime Minister Abbott, the Government will need to hit the reset button on its relationship with the charities and Not for Profit sector, writes David Crosbie, CEO of Community Council for Australia.

10 February 2015

Getting the right balance between short and medium-term ‘fixes’ may well be the most significant challenge for Social Services Minister Scott Morrison, writes Professor Peter Whiteford from the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU in this article published in The Conversation.

05 February 2015

The community sector, like the business sector, needs a swift resolution to the Queensland election to provide certainty to support the most vulnerable in the community and to secure funding for those who provide that support, writes Belinda Drew from the Community Services Industry Alliance.

03 February 2015

David Crosbie, CEO of the Community Council for Australia (CCA), reflects on what the shock electoral result in Queensland and current speculation about national political leadership might mean for the Australian Not for Profit sector.

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.