Policy / Government

31 August 2015

The Abbott Government has called on women who have had children to rejoin the workforce, suggesting that it may let them keep some of their welfare payments if they do so.

27 August 2015

One of the central challenges of the decline in social capital is that the factors driving it are not things we would want to reverse, writes Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Andrew Leigh.

27 August 2015

The West Australian Government will pilot a new program to provide financial support to charities which implement measures to reduce illegal dumping at their premises.

27 August 2015

Australia’s policy solutions should be more creative around revenue and expenditure and housing affordability must be one of the keys to reform, according to Not for Profit leaders attending a national summit in Canberra.

27 August 2015

A coalition of peak disability organisations is calling for a Royal Commission into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in Australia, describing the abuse as a “national epidemic”.

27 August 2015

The Federal Government has commitment more than $650 million to extend Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) contracts for the next three years.

24 August 2015

Mental health experts have welcomed a Government plan to help young people with mental illness find jobs.

20 August 2015

Disability advocates are calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to confirm that the Government will deliver the National Disability Insurance Scheme on time and in full, following claims of a leaked debate within Cabinet.

19 August 2015

The Abbott Government’s move to change environmental law to stop “third party” court appeals by environmental groups has been described as reckless and an unjustified overreaction by advocacy groups and independent think tank The Australia Institute.

18 August 2015

The Australian Senate has supported a motion which could force television stations to introduce audio description services for blind and vision impaired people.

18 August 2015

Access to credit provided by online sports betting companies, as well as inadequate mechanisms for limiting losses, is fuelling a dangerous increase in online sports betting and problem gambling, according to a report released today by Financial Counselling Australia.

18 August 2015

More than 17,300 people are on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) with $952.8 million invested in services and equipment, according to the latest Quarterly Report released yesterday.

17 August 2015

The Australian Human Rights Commission has warned that the Abbott Government’s proposed cuts to paid parental leave would breach Australia’s international human rights obligations and increase the gender pay gap.

13 August 2015

The Australian social sector has called on the Senate to vote down the “harsh” Abbott Government proposal to withhold income support from young people for four weeks.

13 August 2015

Federal Parliament has passed legislation to establish the Abbott Government’s landmark $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund with an amendment that requires a newly formed Advisory Board to have expertise in philanthropy.

13 August 2015

National youth advocacy groups across Australia have penned a hard-hitting letter to the Federal Government calling for urgent action on youth issues including unemployment, homelessness,mental health, and domestic and family violence.

13 August 2015

The Not for Profit sector is being left to pick up the slack on supporting victims of human trafficking in Australia, writes freelance journalist Annelise Ball.

12 August 2015

Not for Profit organisations have backed a Federal Government review into high-cost payday loans and consumer leases, better known as “goods rental” or “rent to own”.

11 August 2015

The Abbott Government will attempt to educate migrant women on their rights surrounding forced marriage and domestic violence before they arrive in Australia.

10 August 2015

For the first time in 20 years there are more than 800,000 unemployed people in Australia, with five people looking for work for every vacancy available.

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