Policy / Government


04 March 2015

A grouping of key community, consumer and health groups have welcomed the scrapping of the Medicare co-payment by the Government but warn the issue of increased fees is not over yet.

03 March 2015

The Federal Government has made another Not for Profit funding backflip - this time on its cuts to disability groups, granting a temporary reprieve to eight advocacy bodies whose funding ran out at the weekend.

03 March 2015

The McClure Report into welfare reform, at first glance, sounds wonderful but the detail does nothing to stop the demonization of marginalised people, writes systemic advocate for inclusive practices,Tricia Malowney who is calling on the Abbott Government for an American style response to equal opportunity.

03 March 2015

The Australian Tax Office has issued a final ruling on two new conditions for Not for Profit organisations to meet for continued tax exemption. Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes from Queensland’s Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at QUT explains.

03 March 2015

Not for Profits have welcomed a proposal by Labor that would see large multinational companies such as Google and Apple forced to pay their fair share in Australian tax.

02 March 2015

One in five unemployed Australians is a teenager, according to a new report released today by national welfare agency, the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

02 March 2015

Jobs Australia, the national peak body for more than 220 Not for Profit organisations that assist disadvantaged people to find work, has welcomed the controversial McClure Report on welfare reform.

02 March 2015

Speculation about whether or not Prime Minister Tony Abbott would face a leadership coup is damaging Australia’s economy and having a negative effect on business confidence, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has claimed.

26 February 2015

The Queensland Government has made a $1 million donation to be shared among four charities delivering immediate post-cyclone support and services - bypassing the Premier's Relief Appeal which was established after Cyclone Yasi in 2011.

26 February 2015

Nearly $30 million worth of cultural items were donated to Australian galleries, museums and libraries in 2014 with the help of the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, according to new Government figures.

26 February 2015

Amnesty International’s annual review of human rights has criticised Australia for its poor response to a growing refugee crises at home and overseas - including abuses of the rights of asylum-seekers on its own watch.

26 February 2015

A new analysis by social change Not for Profit, Jesuit Social Services reveals a $626 million spike in prison spending in Victoria over the past ten years - money the NFP says could be better spent on social services to build safer communities with lower levels of crime.

25 February 2015

The Federal Government has released the long-awaited final report of the review of Australia’s welfare system including controversial recommendations around Disability Support Pensions which has had a mixed reaction from the Not for Profit sector.

24 February 2015

Australian Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs has faced a grilling from the Government about the children in detention report during her appearance before a Senate Estimates hearing in Canberra today.

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.

20 February 2015

A chorus of some of Australia’s most respected intellectuals have written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott in support of Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs.

20 February 2015

The Federal Court has ordered the Australian promoters of an AIDS pharmaceuticals donation scheme to pay $1.5 million to the Australian Taxation Office, the highest civil penalty ever, for attempting to exploit the tax system.

19 February 2015

The proposed sale of Australia’s largest provider of Government funded hearing services has been criticised as a move that will see deaf and hearing impaired children fall through the gaps.

19 February 2015

People as young as 23 are being housed in some aged care facilities, the first day of a Senate Inquiry sitting in Western Australia has been told.