Policy / Government


30 January 2015

Australian Not for Profits have been given a reprieve with the new Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison, announcing he will provide bridging funding to organisations that had previously been told they had lost funding.

30 January 2015

The Australian Government’s treatment of asylum seekers has seen it slammed by an international watchdog for its “failure to respect international standards” when it comes to human rights.

29 January 2015

Australia’s peak welfare body has urged the Federal Government to focus on restoring revenue by addressing inefficient tax arrangements, rather than through spending cuts to end the “severe uncertainty, chaos and deep confusion” in the sector.

29 January 2015

Australian of the Year Rosie Batty has been appointed by Tony Abbott to a panel that will address the problem of violence against women at a national level.

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

Refugee advocates have slammed a High Court ruling that the Australian Government acted lawfully when it detained 157 asylum seekers at sea for a month last year.

29 January 2015

Almost 100 people are being turned away from homeless support services every day in Victoria, according to the state’s peak homelessness body.

27 January 2015

A new law that restricts how much charities can campaign in the lead up to the United Kingdom election has many of them “frightened” and is stopping them from speaking out on important issues, according to a new report.

22 January 2015

The Federal Government’s controversial data retention legislation should be scrapped, according to the Law Institute of Victoria.

22 January 2015

Homelessness services in Victoria have seen a 30 per cent increase in demand over the last year, according to new figures.

22 January 2015

Thousands of community services organisations across Australia remain in the dark about whether they can continue to provide services this year with the Abbott Government refusing to confirm funding for 2015, the Federal Opposition has claimed.

22 January 2015

Domestic violence campaigner and Pro Bono Australia Impact 25 member, Rosie Batty, has welcomed the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.

20 January 2015

In a rare backdown on border control from the Abbott Government, a baby that has spent its entire life in detention has been released.

20 January 2015

Welfare peak body, the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) has welcomed the release of the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Family Violence announced by the new Labor Premier, Daniel Andrews.

20 January 2015

The Federal Government has granted funding to Melbourne family services provider, Family Life, for a one-year pilot project to help save the relationships of 100 couples who participate.

15 January 2015

The Federal Government has done a backflip announcing it will scrap its controversial plans to cut the Medicare rebate for short medical appointments set to come into force next week.

15 January 2015

The Australian Medical Association has urged Prime Minister Tony Abbott to personally intervene and overturn Federal Government plans to slash the Medicare rebate for GP consultations lasting less than 10 minutes.

15 January 2015

Hundreds of refugees at the Australian Government’s Manus Island detention centre have joined a hunger strike and are threatening their own lives in protest of the way they are being treated, according to asylum seeker advocates.

15 January 2015

The Royal Commission into Child Abuse is about to enter its third year with private and public hearings due to resume next week.

14 January 2015

Corporate democracy Not for Profit, the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility is claiming victory in its campaign to force the big Australian banks to disclose how much carbon they finance.

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