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The NSW Department of Family and Community Services is asking Not for Profits and individuals to help in the development a new plan for disability inclusion in NSW.
Victoria is to partner with international online booking company Airbnb to provide free or low cost short-term accommodation for people displaced by major emergencies including fire and flood.
The Western Australian Government needs to do its part to give disabled people greater access to the justice system, according to a Pre-Budget Submission from a peak disability services advocate group.
A Senate Committee report to Federal Parliament into grandparent carers has called for financial and legal support for the often-ignored grandparents raising grandchildren as well as funding for voluntary support groups.
The Federal Government says it is continuing to negotiate on issues of housing and homelessness despite revelations that the Coalition’s long awaited policy review has been shelved.
Some 23 individuals and organisations from across Australia have been named as finalists in the 2014 National Disability Awards.
Welfare peak body ACOSS has called for a 6 months rollover of funding for any Not for Profits facing an end or reduction to their funding after the Abbott Government was forced to extend its application processing last week.
The Irish Government has established an independent regulatory agency for its charity sector saying the new Authority represents a critical first step in reforming and strengthening the sector.
The Federal Government has been forced to extend the current funding arrangements for more than 5000 welfare charities for up to four months as it tries to respond to an “avalanche” of applications - but the charities are yet to be officially informed.
Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has declared that abolishing the national charity regulator will “break the shackles of red tape around the ankles” of Not for Profits in Australia.
Newly-established corporate democracy Not for Profit, the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) has launched legal action against the Commonwealth Bank over a shareholder resolution on climate risk.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s claims that divesting deprives fund members of a good investment could prove misguided given the value in accounting for social and environmental impacts, writes sustainability expert Dr Carol Adams in this piece first published on The Conversation.
Steps to restrict the policy and advocacy work of community legal centres and attacks on the tax status of environmental groups could threaten the independence and fearlessness of community organisations, sector experts warn.
The Federal Government has re-established the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership announcing the line-up of community and business leaders enlisted to advise on giving trends and promote best practice in the sector.
The Australian charity regulator has revoked the charity status of another 388 organisations after failing to make contact with them, and has warned another 400 that they could face the same fate.
Applications are now open for Not for Profit individuals or organisations to provide services as part of the Government’s Families and Children Expert Panel.
A balance-of-power Senator has declared that he will vote against abolishing the ACNC, cancelling out one of his fellow crossbenchers votes.
Maverick Federal MP Bob Katter has formally requested a meeting with the Red Cross to discuss his concerns around the Ebola virus pandemic.
The size of the Australian Not for Profit sector and its economic significance should not be lost on the Federal Government in its policy deliberations, a forum in Melbourne has been told.
The Victorian Government is set to expand a new model of human services in a move it claims will help create jobs and support more than 5000 adults and children over the next two years.
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