Policy / Government
The Coalition Government has begun community consultations on draft legislation and regulations on the special conditions for tax concessions for Not for Profits and charities including the “in Australia” condition.
If the Commonwealth Government is intent on selling off Australia Post, then one of the lessons from the UK experience is to make sure that the Australian taxpayer is not short changed, writes Peter Hunt is CEO of UK mutuals advocacy group, Mutuo.
Businesses and Governments have welcomed the launch of the Co-operatives National Law (CNL) saying it would enable co-operatives to operate more easily across borders and make them a more attractive business model.
Not for Profit peak body, the Community Council for Australia, has called on the Federal Government to end what it says is a crisis of uncertainty and provide a six-month moratorium for program cuts to charities and Not for Profits.
The Federal Coalition Government will provide $4.9 million in specialist support programs for survivors of child sexual abuse.
Federal Opposition says the Not for Profit sector has gained a short-term win after the Coalition Government abandoned its attempt to delay the start of the Charities Act.
The Federal Government says Western Australian Government’s shark cull won’t be extended without a full environmental assessment.
Social service organisations have warned of the potential shutdown of domestic violence services and other programs due to uncertainty surrounding the State and Federal Governments’ homelessness funding agreement which is due to run out at the end of June.
While many in the Not for Profit sector appreciate the Coalition Government has made political promises with regard to the ACNC, it should not throw out the baby with the bathwater, but approach the issues so that the fall-out is reduced as far as possible, writes David Gilchrist, from WA’s Curtin University.
Not for Profit expert Professor Peter Shergold has been named as Chair of the Aged Care Sector Committee tasked to build a working partnership between the Federal Government and the aged-care sector.
The Federal Government has turned down an offer from the Uniting Church in Australia for sanctuary for children without parents held on Christmas Island and destined for a life on Nauru.
Dozens of regulations affecting the Not for Profit sector are expected to be dumped in one omnibus bill in Federal Parliament, along with new legislation to abolish the charity regulator, if the Coalition’s plans for a regulatory Repeal Day are successful.
Australia’s peak body for community services and the welfare sector has expressed concerns over the small rise to income support payments, such as Newstart and Parenting Payment, driven by the Consumer Price Index increase.
The Australian Tax Office has started planning to take over the regulatory roles of national charity regulator the ACNC, a Senate Estimates hearing has been told.
The work of Australia’s beleaguered charity regulator, the ACNC, has been described as the ‘missing link’ in Australia’s long term charity regulation by a leading Not for Profit academic.
A report into charity tax concessions that was buried after the Gillard Government lost office has been released under Freedom of Information and includes a call for the extension of Deductible Gift Recipient Status (DGR) to all charities registered with the charity regulator.
The Federal Government’s decision to scrap the $1.5 million Community Food Grants program is false economy and shows it is disconnected from the Australian community, according to the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA).
The Policy and Research Manager with Philanthropy Australia, Krystian Seibert analyses the issues around independent charity regulation.
The Coalition Government is to begin a workforce development strategy for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Welfare peak body, ACOSS has criticised the Federal Government’s Commission of Audit for not appointing a representative of the community sector to be part of the inquiry.
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