Policy / Government


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.

13 January 2015

The man hired to help the Federal Government achieve its goal of abolishing the national charity regulator, the ACNC, appears to have parted ways with the Department of Social Services.

13 January 2015

Federal and State Governments must repeal their racial discrimination laws in the wake of the the recent attacks on satirical publication Charlie Hebdo in Paris this week, according to the Legal Rights Project at the Institute of Public Affairs.

13 January 2015

The national charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has extended the 2014 Annual Information Statement deadline for charities that use a standard reporting period of 1 July – 30 June.

12 January 2015

New Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has been urged by peak community welfare organisations to make 2015 a positive year for employment, with a particular focus on the disadvantaged.

12 January 2015

The Australian Taxation Office has used new powers to recover $8 million in unpaid superannuation from companies in South Australia and Victoria.

08 January 2015

Candidates standing in the surprise Queensland State Election have been urged by a peak welfare Not for Profit to commit to creating a healthier social economy.

08 January 2015

Australians are avoiding a ban on using commercial solariums by purchasing their own private machines, according to the Cancer Council.

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