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Xavier Smerdon is a journalist specialising in the Not for Profit sector. He writes breaking and investigative news articles.


Australia’s First Carbon Neutral Charity


Xavier Smerdon, Thursday, 18th February 2016 -  A South Australian Not for Profit has become the first charity in Australia to be certified as carbon neutral by the Federal Government. Uniting Communities, which provides a range of community services including aged care, alcohol and drug support…

Thousands of Charities Could Lose Status


Xavier Smerdon, Tuesday, 16th February 2016 -  The national charity regulator has warned more than 2,000 organisations that they facing losing their charity status if they do not update their paperwork immediately. The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) said that the group of charities, known as…

Budget Must Support Community Services


Xavier Smerdon, Tuesday, 16th February 2016 -  Australia’s peak welfare body has called on the Turnbull Government to set a new course with its upcoming budget and sustain essential community services. In its official submission to the Federal Budget, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) said…

Top Philanthropic Gifts of 2015


Xavier Smerdon, Tuesday, 16th February 2016 -  Australia’s biggest philanthropists overwhelmingly favoured universities when it came to sharing their wealth in 2015.

Businesses Unite to Tackle Youth Unemployment


Xavier Smerdon, Monday, 15th February 2016 -  Some of Australia’s leading companies have signed on to a new competition that aims to showcase the skills and talents of young Australians and show employers why they need to look beyond the resume of the future workforce. HR and…

Clean Cut, Clean Start


Xavier Smerdon, Monday, 15th February 2016 -  Nasir Sobhani has become known for offering free haircuts to homeless and disadvantaged people in Melbourne’s west, earning him the title of The Streets Barber. Sobhani is this week’s Changemaker. He spoke to Xavier Smerdon. Few people can claim to…

Foodbank Australia CEO Resigns


Xavier Smerdon, Monday, 15th February 2016 -  A leading member of Australian Not for Profit sector is hanging up the apron to join the private sector. Foodbank Australia has announced that its CEO, Jason Hincks, has resigned and will be leaving the organisations at the end of…

New Jobs Legislation May Unfairly Target Indigenous Australians


Xavier Smerdon, Monday, 15th February 2016 -  There are fears that new legislation being introduced by the Turnbull Government aimed at revamping its remote employment programs will not comply with human rights obligations. The Community Development Program replaced the Remote Jobs and Communities Program on 1 July…

Time for ACNC to Reveal Secrets?


Xavier Smerdon, Thursday, 11th February 2016 -  Regulations preventing the national charity regulator from revealing details about organisations that it has investigated should be reconsidered, according to a Not for Profit peak body. On Wednesday the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) was grilled by senators at…

Australia Far Away from Reconciliation


Xavier Smerdon, Tuesday, 9th February 2016 - 
The number of people who support reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians is on the rise, but racial abuse of first Australians is still rampant, a landmark report has found. The State of Reconciliation in Australia report was released on

Animal Rescue Charities Lose Status


Xavier Smerdon, Monday, 8th February 2016 -  Two Australian animal organisations have lost their charity status following an investigation by the national charity watchdog. Adelaide-based cat rescue organisation, Help Save the Furry Ones, and Melbourne-based horse rescue group, White Ridge Rescue Inc, both had their charity status…

Australian Workplaces Discriminating Against Mental Illness


Xavier Smerdon, Monday, 8th February 2016 -  Australia must develop mentally healthy workplaces “that have positive and supportive attitudes towards mental illness”, a leading charity has said following the release of a landmark report. A survey by the University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health…
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