Policy / Government


27 November 2014

The Senate has voted to force the Abbott Government to table two interim reports of its long-awaited mental health review.

27 November 2014

The Labor Opposition in Victoria has pledged financial support for The Big Issue’s new ‘Homes for Homes’ initiative, which encourages people selling their homes across Australia to donate a percentage of the sale price.

26 November 2014

Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner has called for a complete overhaul of governance and complaint handling procedures in services operated for people with disability.

25 November 2014

The Abbott Government has rejected calls for a national inquiry into allegations of abuse of people with disability in institutions.

25 November 2014

The financial details of Australia’s registered charities are, for the first time, available to the public free of charge via the national charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

25 November 2014

The Senate has narrowly rejected a controversial payment assessment tool for people with disability, known as the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) Bill, by just one vote delivered by former Palmer United Party Senator Jacqui Lambie.

24 November 2014

Victoria’s peak welfare Not for Profit has released four strategies it claims can help tackle the state’s unemployment problem head of this weekend’s election.

20 November 2014

One in four Australian children have said that children’s rights to protection in their country are not being met, according to a new global survey of over 6,000 children.

19 November 2014

The co-operatives and mutuals sector has been hailed as an undervalued ‘ninja’ economy by advocates as a report is released showing the sector makes the same contribution to the economy as the mining sector – around 6 per cent of the nation’s earnings.

19 November 2014

Recognition of the role of social enterprises and intermediaries is needed in Australia to clarify their place in, and importance to Federal policy and the economy more broadly writes Christopher Mason, Senior Research Fellow for the Swinburne Centre for Social Impact.

18 November 2014

A Melbourne community housing Not for Profit says it costs $22,000 in State and Federal Government housing supports for every household requiring assistance after being squeezed out of the private rental system.

17 November 2014

Victorian Not for Profits have welcomed a $75 million Coalition promise to support businesses employ young Victorians who have been without a job for six months, but have said that the plan does not go far enough.

13 November 2014

The deaths of Indigenous people in custody in Australia has worsened, Not for Profit representatives, including disability advocates, have told the United Nation’s Committee Against Torture.

11 November 2014

A plan developed by Tasmanian community leaders and human rights activists would see the island-state become Australia's asylum seeker processing centre.

11 November 2014

The growing gap between Australia’s richest and poorest people must be a priority for the world’s leaders at the upcoming G20 Conference in Brisbane, World Vision CEO and C20 Chair,Tim Costello said at a Not for Profit Forum today.

10 November 2014

Youth unemployment has risen to its highest level since 2001 and the issue is acting as a “handbrake on the Australian economy”, according to the Federal Labor Opposition.

10 November 2014

The Abbott Government has announced that it has completed the competitive tender process of a $300 million per year program designed to help people with disability find jobs.

06 November 2014

Experts have called for a national focus on addressing the issue of family violence at a Senate hearing held in Victorian State Parliament in Melbourne yesterday.

06 November 2014

Volunteering Victoria has voiced concern about the impact of the work for the dole scheme, which will compel some job seekers to take on volunteer roles to maintain their dole payments.

06 November 2014

Charity regulators from across the United States are looking to the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) for advice on cutting the red tape burden that charities face.

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