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An eleventh-hour signing of a five year national partnership agreement on legal assistance services will see Community Legal Centres included for the first time but the sector has warned that the new agreement does not create long-term certainty.
NSW Fair Trading is undertaking a statutory review of the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 – the law that governs the incorporation of many small, Not for Profit organisations.
A group of more than 40 former and current detention centre workers have written to the Abbott Government saying they will ignore controversial new secrecy laws.
The UN Global Compact has been highlighted in a Federal Parliament Committee report on the role of the private sector in promoting economic growth and reducing poverty in the Pacific region.
Social Ventures Australia (SVA) has called for tax concessions for impact investments in social enterprise, social impact bonds and social and affordable housing projects, in a submission to the Federal Government’s Tax White Paper Process.
The Federal Treasury has released a consultation paper on limiting fringe benefits tax concessions on salary packaged entertainment benefits which affect the Not for Profit sector.
Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has announced the creation of the Ambassador for Mature Age Employment and the appointment of Susan Ryan AO to the position.
Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten has used a community sector conference to criticise the Government’s approach to welfare policy and the recent Budget.
Federal Minister for Social Services Scott Morrison has told the ACOSS National Conference that private capital investment in addressing social needs is the best approach to strengthening and expanding Australia’s welfare system.
Urgent action is needed to dramatically improve the lives of young people with disability living in residential aged care across Australia, according to a Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee report.
The Federal Government has announced the members of a new Carer Gateway Advisory Group to lead an initiative to support Australia’s 2.7 million unpaid carers.
Federal Opposition parties including the powerful Senate crossbenchers have banded together to move a motion aimed at saving the national charity regulator, calling on the Government to withdraw the controversial ACNC Repeal Bill.
There has been a mixed reaction to the Federal Government’s appointment of an Expert Reference Group to advise the Government on the implementation of a national review of mental health programs and services.
The Federal Opposition with the support of Independent MPs have secured a Senate inquiry into students with disability and their experiences in the Australian education system including allegations of mistreatment.
The Federal Government’s controversial disability wage assessment legislation, the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) Bill has passed the Senate but has drawn strong criticism from the disability sector and opposition parties.
A coalition of 16 peak Not for Profit organisations from the health and community sectors have called on the Federal Government to scrap plans to cut nearly $800 million in funding to key health initiatives over the next four years.
The Abbott Government has announced that it will spend $63.4 million over five years funding three microfinance schemes in a bid to help low income Australians move off welfare and into a job or study.
The Australian Institute of Company Directors has made a submission to the Tax White Paper Task Force with a focus on the taxation arrangements in the Not for Profit sector as well as a recommendation to extend the ACNC framework.
The UK Charity Commission is facing legal action after an advocacy group accused it of exceeding its role and acting like “counter-terrorism police”.
Donor peak body, Philanthropy Australia has warned in a submission to a Parliamentary inquiry that any new restrictions on environmental charities could impose more red tape on philanthropy.
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