Policy / Government
Cuts locked in by the recent Federal Budget are putting at risk the substantial economic and social contribution of Victorian community sector charities, according to a new report from the Victorian Council of Social Service.
The Federal and NSW Governments have signed an agreement to begin the early rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in parts of Western Sydney.
The Federal Opposition claims the Abbott Government is dragging its feet on reforms to introduce national Crowd-sourced Equity Funding (CSEF) laws.
Sustainability Victoria is looking to celebrate and acknowledge the work of leaders who have established new benchmarks in minimising their impact on the environment.
Individual Federal Ministers should not have the final say in determining charitable status or the eligibility for tax deductibility of Not for Profit organisations, a community submission to the Parliamentary inquiry into environmental advocacy groups has claimed.
People With Disability Australia (PWDA) has hailed the success of the NDIS Citizens’ Jury Scorecard report, saying it has uncovered deep and meaningful feedback.
The Federal Government has announced the full membership of its specially convened Advisory Panel to reduce violence against women along with $30 million in funding for a national anti-violence education campaign.
Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has unveiled his plan to boost employment in Australia, saying science, technology, engineering and maths will be the central jobs of the future.
The long awaited inquiry into the Department of Social Services tendering process has called on the Auditor General to investigate and make changes to the Commonwealth Grants Guidelines.
The Federal Government’s welfare Budget lacks a sense of direction and fails to address some of Australia’s biggest social problems including housing and homelessness, according to the Not for Profit sector.
The national charity regulator is not going anywhere, anytime soon, with Budget papers revealing that the Abbott Government has committed to funding the ACNC until at least 2019.
The Federal Budget has cut a further $2 billion from health funding forcing front-line NFPs to close their doors, according to the Federal Labor Opposition.
The Federal Government says Indigenous Australians will be the beneficiaries of fresh Budget shakeups in housing and jobs, but Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives have criticised the Government’s approach.
Business leaders including company and Not for Profit directors are divided on whether the Federal Budget best meets Australia’s future needs, despite unanimously welcoming tax cuts for small business.
Disability organisations have welcomed a more “moderate” Federal Budget but have expressed their concerns that 12 specialist organisations representing over 200,000 Australians with disability have not been funded.
For the charity and Not for Profit sector, the appeal to fairness in the Hockey 2015 Federal Budget should be seen as a foothold for a more significant discussion about the kind of Australia we want to live in, writes David Crosbie, CEO of the Community Council for Australia.
The Abbott Government has delivered the biggest single-year cut to foreign aid in Australia’s history, a move that Not for Profits claim will hurt our international reputation.
The Federal Budget’s new Youth Employment Strategy has been described by the Not for Profit sector as an encouraging move that begins to address the crisis of youth joblessness.
The interests of Australia’s cultural sector have been protected and advanced by the 2015-16 Federal Budget including a move to foster private sector support, according to Attorney-General Senator George Brandis.
The 2015 Federal Budget has been described by the Treasurer, Joe Hockey as being responsible, measured and fair; pointing to job seekers and families as the big winners.
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