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The Federal Government has been forced to extend the current funding arrangements for more than 5000 welfare charities for up to four months as it tries to respond to an “avalanche” of applications - but the charities are yet to be officially informed.
Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has declared that abolishing the national charity regulator will “break the shackles of red tape around the ankles” of Not for Profits in Australia.
Newly-established corporate democracy Not for Profit, the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) has launched legal action against the Commonwealth Bank over a shareholder resolution on climate risk.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s claims that divesting deprives fund members of a good investment could prove misguided given the value in accounting for social and environmental impacts, writes sustainability expert Dr Carol Adams in this piece first published on The Conversation.
Steps to restrict the policy and advocacy work of community legal centres and attacks on the tax status of environmental groups could threaten the independence and fearlessness of community organisations, sector experts warn.
The Federal Government has re-established the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership announcing the line-up of community and business leaders enlisted to advise on giving trends and promote best practice in the sector.
The Australian charity regulator has revoked the charity status of another 388 organisations after failing to make contact with them, and has warned another 400 that they could face the same fate.
Applications are now open for Not for Profit individuals or organisations to provide services as part of the Government’s Families and Children Expert Panel.
A balance-of-power Senator has declared that he will vote against abolishing the ACNC, cancelling out one of his fellow crossbenchers votes.
Maverick Federal MP Bob Katter has formally requested a meeting with the Red Cross to discuss his concerns around the Ebola virus pandemic.
The size of the Australian Not for Profit sector and its economic significance should not be lost on the Federal Government in its policy deliberations, a forum in Melbourne has been told.
The Victorian Government is set to expand a new model of human services in a move it claims will help create jobs and support more than 5000 adults and children over the next two years.
Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has launched a trial which he says aims to cut red tape in the aged sector, in a move that has been panned by a peak body working in the field.
The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia has called on its more than 60,000 members to continue their efforts to assist asylum seekers and refugees, in the face of the most recent policy changes from the Government.
A “no disadvantage” grace period for welfare recipients under a new streamlined welfare payment system is expected to be among the recommendations of the McClure review, a national newspaper report has revealed.
World Vision will now train hundreds of local West African healthcare workers in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone following the Federal Government’s decision not to send Australian aid workers to the hot spot.
The Federal Opposition is calling on Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews to release findings from a consultation process that could determine the future of the national charity regulator, the ACNC.
The Federal Government has backed down on its controversial proposal to require unemployed people to apply for 40 jobs a month in order to keep receiving the dole, instead releasing what it calls a new job model.
Federal Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews says the findings of reports from two evaluations on income management show the initiative is having a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable indigenous Australians.
The Victorian Opposition has announced that it will launch a $1 billion fund to create 100,000 full time jobs for unemployed youth and the long-term unemployed if it wins November’s State Election.
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