Now is the time for social services to explore the opportunity offered by alternative income streams and the benefits that these bring to organisations, writes NCOSS CEO Joanna Quilty ahead of this year’s Investing for Good Conference 2019.
As the social services sector wrestles with the 2019 Federal Budget, changing state and federal political landscapes and implications for how we work, there is an opportunity for the sector to come together and question traditional funding models.
The current government grant regime desperately needs reform. Short-term contracts, …
Got a complex problem? Get the training, tools and potentially even the funding you need to tackle it, writes Jessica Roth, director of Social Impact Hub.
From obesity to environmental degradation to Indigenous disadvantage, Australia is grappling with countless seemingly intractable social and environmental problems. The scope and complexity of these problems require innovative, comprehensive solutions.
The Australian social sector has a vital role to play in tackling these problems, but doing so requires the sector to be better equipped with the proper skills, tools and …
The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission has been rocked by a disastrous Senate estimates appearance that has laid bare a major leadership rift over the direction of the charity watchdog.
The ACNC appeared before estimates last week without commissioner Dr Gary Johns, who was in Wellington attending the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference.
Taking Johns’ place at estimates was acting assistant commissioner Catherine Willis, who had been at the ACNC for just two weeks and struggled to answer many questions during the …
How can we do better to reverse the unsettling trend of loneliness gripping elderly Australians, asks Community Sector Banking CEO Andrew Cairns.
To some, the thought of retirement is an exciting prospect. It’s a long-awaited and hard-earned chapter that many look forward to. Sadly, the reality isn’t always so rosy. Studies show that an increasing number of older Australians are feeling lonely and isolated.
What’s important about loneliness is that it’s not just a feeling. It’s a significant public health and social policy problem.
A study …
With the election campaign in full swing, Fifty Acres founder and chief executive officer Jo Scard looks ahead to what not for profits should be doing post election.
Not sure how you’re all feeling, but now we’re here it isn’t nearly so exciting as the getting there bit. Though, I must say that I’m a bit of an election nerd (terrible admission).
It’s a bit like contemporary philosopher Alain de Botton’s book, The Art of Travel (have you read it?). Few things are as exciting as …
As the CEO and founder of food rescue charity OzHarvest, Ronni Kahn is not only helping to feed disadvantaged Australians, but she is turning the food-waste debate on its head globally. She’s this week’s Changemaker.
When Kahn worked in event management, the ethos was always that lots of food meant generosity and success. But it also meant a lot of good food was thrown out at the end of the night.
It was after one particular event with over 1,000 people, when Kahn watched mountains of …
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