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Luke Michael is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.


Call for Charities to be Exempt From Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 31st January 2018 -  A not-for-profit peak body and the Law Council of Australia have called for charities to be exempt from a proposed Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme, with fears the legislation could impose criminal penalties on non-compliant charities receiving overseas support.        

New Report Highlights NDIS Gaps for People With Severe Mental Illness

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 31st January 2018 -  A new report has warned that the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme will leave many people with psychosocial disability without appropriate mental health support.

IPA Echoes Charity Sector Push to Redraft Foreign Donations Bill

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 30th January 2018 -  The Institute of Public Affairs has echoed the social sector’s push to completely redraft the foreign donations bill, with the right-wing think tank labelling the legislation an “unnecessary red tape burden on charities”.

Companies and Charities Come Together to Inspire Better Corporate Giving

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 30th January 2018 -  A number of leading companies, charities and government agencies will join together to try and inspire more and better corporate giving at scale, at an innovation think-tank event to be held in Sydney this week.    

Charity Sector Welcomes Gary Johns Comments on Foreign Donations Bill

Luke Michael, Monday, 29th January 2018 -  The social sector has welcomed comments from Dr Gary Johns on the foreign donations bill, with the charities commissioner voicing concerns the proposed legislation will “place a further regulatory burden on charities” and inhibit their ability to advocate.

Blockchain Smart Contracts Could Shape Future of Impact Investing

Luke Michael, Monday, 29th January 2018 -  Blockchain smart contracts for funding based on verified social impact could shape the future of impact investing and social impact bonds, according to the founders of a tech company launching an Australian-first smart contracts pilot program.

A Vision for a Culturally Confident Aboriginal Community


Luke Michael, Monday, 29th January 2018 -  Ian Hamm has just been appointed CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), after more than 30 years’ experience working with the Indigenous community. He is this week’s Changemaker.

Frustrations Remain with NDIS Implementation in South Australia

Luke Michael, Thursday, 25th January 2018 -  Disability advocates remain frustrated with the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in South Australia, despite the federal government making an “extremely overdue” announcement that $72 million would be provided for frontline NDIS services across the state.

Byron Bay Beach Hotel to Be Transformed into Beacon of Social Impact

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 24th January 2018 -  Impact Investment Group will look to transform the iconic Byron Bay Beach Hotel into "a beacon of social and environmental impact", by removing poker machines from the facilities and minimising the venue’s carbon footprint.

New Strategy Needed to Address Rural Mental Health ‘Crisis’

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 23rd January 2018 -  The peak body for the mental health sector has called for a “carefully planned workforce strategy” to address a “crisis” in mental health service access in rural Australia, with rural and remote Australians accessing mental health services at a much lower rate than those in metropolitan areas.   

ACNC’s Review Submission Met With Concern From Charity Sector

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 23rd January 2018 -  The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission’s submission to the five-year review of ACNC legislation has raised concerns in the sector, with fears the national regulator’s recommendations “will impose an ill-conceived restrictive agenda on all charities”.

Crowd-Sourced Equity Funding Could Help Grow the Social Enterprise Sector

Luke Michael, Monday, 22nd January 2018 -  Crowd-sourced equity funding could “unlock a whole bunch of opportunities” for the community sector in Australia and would remove barriers to growth in the social enterprise scene, according to industry experts.
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