Policy / Government


24 April 2014

A policy discussion paper, by the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria, calls on the Federal and State Governments and the aged-care sector to strengthen their engagement with new and emerging communities.

22 April 2014

Budget speculation that the Federal Government has set its sights on changes to Fringe Benefit Tax packages is disappointing given that the Not for Profit sector has been told by Treasury that it is not interested in tax reform, says the Community Council for Australia.

22 April 2014

The Australian Council of Social Service and disability advocacy members say the Federal Government will be taking a backward step if changes to the Disability Support Pension simply takes money away from people in desperate situations.

22 April 2014

Enhancing public value depends on empowering public servants to have a greater capacity to manage (rather than avoid) risks, writes Peter Shergold, Chair of the NSW Public Service Commission Advisory Board.

22 April 2014

Up until now the Federal welfare review has been a mystery to the social sector but there’s still a lot that can inform the next stage of the review, writes Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers.

17 April 2014

Queensland’s peak body for the community mental health sector has achieved what it describes as “a profound leap forward” in community sector and State Government relations, following the successful co-design of a new service provision document.

17 April 2014

A legal Not for Profit specialising in older people’s welfare will deliver a Queensland Government program providing free legal advice for residents of retirement villages and manufactured home parks in what the Government claims is a first for the State.

16 April 2014

The first submissions to the Senate inquiry into legislation to repeal the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) have condemned the proposed legislation and argued that the Australian Taxation Office is not fit to regulate the sector.

16 April 2014

The ACT Labor Government has thrown its full support behind the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, saying if the ACNC is saved it will “carve out” its own regulation of charities and Not for Profits to avoid duplication with the national regulator.

15 April 2014

Nine out of 10 Not for Profit organisations have no guarantee of Federal Government funding for key services beyond June this year and more than 60 per cent are having to let staff go due to the uncertainty, results from a social sector survey have revealed.

15 April 2014

The Government is in a good position to deliver the National Disability Insurance Scheme effectively, despite many doubters claiming it will run late, cost more than expected and deliver less than promised, claims an industry expert.

15 April 2014

ANU policy analyst John Butcher looks at a “fine example” of how executive government, the public sector and the Not for Profit sector can work collaboratively in the public interest.

15 April 2014

Anglicare Australia has warned of the widening chasm between the “haves” and the “have nots” if housing unaffordability remains unaddressed in its submission to the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into Affordable Housing.

10 April 2014

International charity experts in Melbourne and Sydney this week have praised Australia’s ill-fated national charity regulator, the ACNC, for its strong reputation in the sector and high compliance rates.

10 April 2014

A draft Productivity Commission report on Access to Justice Arrangements has indicated that that it does not consider ‘compulsion’ as an appropriate means of bolstering pro bono legal services in Australia.

09 April 2014

Social sector advocates are urging the Federal Government to look at new ways to promote social investment in Australia as part of its inquiry into the financial system.

09 April 2014

The influence of public opinion versus stakeholder opinion in the lifecycle of issues comes down to power, writes visiting Canadian expert Robert Boutilier, PhD, Senior International Associate, ACCSR.

08 April 2014

A World Vision International report on child labour has prompted a call on G20 decision makers to take action to protect the world’s children from economic exploitation.

08 April 2014

The way charities and the Not for Profit sector access capital is a critical component to the effective and efficient functioning of Australian economy, Not for Profit peak body, Community Council for Australia, has told a Federal Inquiry into the country’s financial systems.

08 April 2014

The national peak body for Not for Profits that assist unemployed people into work, Jobs Australia, has warned that the Federal Coalition Government may end funding for a specialised youth service that helps address the youth unemployment crisis in Australia.

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