Policy / Government


02 April 2015

Environmental organisations have described a national inquiry into their ability to receive tax deductible donations as an attack on their efforts to protect the environment.

02 April 2015

The Not for Profit sector has cautioned on a recommendation to extend competition policy into human services as a priority in the Final Report of the Competition Policy Review released by the Federal Government.

02 April 2015

Welfare peak body, the Australian Council of Social Service has called on the Federal Parliament to reject the plan to lower the indexation of pensions and instead focus on eligibility for the part-pension - a move that already appears to be gaining support from the Abbott Government.

02 April 2015

The Abbott Government has extended funding to approximately 160 drug and alcohol organisations until June 2016 at a cost of $87 million in a move that has been described as an “11th hour fix”.

02 April 2015

Not for Profit disability housing providers have welcomed a South Australian Government plan that will see 4500 houses houses bulldozed to make way for smaller, one and two bedroom dwellings.

31 March 2015

The Federal Government has put child care service providers on notice after a team from the Australian Federal Police-led multi-agency Fraud and Anti-Corruption Centre (FACC) moved on a suspected racket known as ‘child-swapping rorts’ in the family day care industry.

31 March 2015

The Federal Government’s new discussion paper on tax reform specifically targets the Not for Profit sector asking if the current tax arrangements are appropriate - raising issues around the ongoing availability of Fringe Benefits Tax concessions and other foregone tax revenue.

31 March 2015

The NSW peak advocate for housing justice, Shelter NSW, says it will work with the re-elected Coalition Government to honor the Premier’s campaign pledge to establish a new fund of up to a billion dollars to help finance new social and affordable housing.

31 March 2015

The Abbott Government will provide 150 extra scholarships for young carers in an attempt to get them back into school.

30 March 2015

Australia’s tax system must be redesigned and strengthened so that people contribute to the cost of services according to their ability to pay, claims welfare peak body, the Australian Council of Social Service.

26 March 2015

The Refugee Council of Australia claims the passing of the Migration Amendment Bill 2014 will further stack the odds against vulnerable people seeking Australia’s protection.

25 March 2015

Impact Investing Australia says the launch of the Federal Government’s $140 million development innovation hub will create new opportunities for tackling pressing social issues.

25 March 2015

Governments, especially conservative leaning ones, are failing to match the progress of the ASX100 in addressing gender diversity, according to Directors of Women on Boards, in recently releasing their index measuring board diversity.

24 March 2015

Generous financial payments, ongoing care and support and a meaningful apology should be key elements of a national child sexual abuse redress scheme according to the Catholic Church submission to the Royal Commission.

24 March 2015

Peak community and housing groups have converged on Canberra to urge the Federal Government to work with them in developing a national housing strategy to address the worsening housing affordability crisis in Australia.

24 March 2015

Australia’s mental health Not for Profits have sent an open letter to the Prime Minister and the Health Minister urging them to end the uncertainty around Federal funding for hundreds of contracts that have not been guaranteed after June 30.

24 March 2015

Australia’s Foreign Aid Department is set for a shake up with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop launching an initiative she claims will revolutionise the delivery and effectiveness of aid.

24 March 2015

Victorian students and their parents are abandoning disadvantaged schools, causing them to fall further behind more affluent schools, a new report has found.

23 March 2015

Australia’s peak welfare body has called on the Federal Opposition and crossbenchers to vote against Abbott Government proposals it says will deprive young people of any income support for six months of each year.

23 March 2015

The Federal Government has unveiled two new reforms it claims will significantly increase the development and growth of Indigenous businesses and employment.

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