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Social Sector on Notice to Prepare for Population Debate

Paul Carter, Wednesday, 18th July 2018 -  Government celebrations about a superior vetting process thankfully driving down the migrant intake are disingenuous and instead represent a shame, a national peak body says.   

A Community Grants Strategy Explained

Paul Carter, Wednesday, 18th July 2018 -  Sydney Water explains the giving strategy behind its current offering of 65 $1,000 to $2,000 grants to grassroots community organisations.

People with Disability at Greater Risk of Violence During NDIS Transition

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 17th July 2018 -  People with disability will be at greater risk of violence during the National Disability Insurance Scheme transition until certain ambiguities are resolved, an Australian Human Rights Commission report says.

Child Protection Changes to Impact Charities and NFPs

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 17th July 2018 -  Changes to child protection legislation in wake of the child sexual abuse royal commission will impact the way charities and not for profits deal with children and prompt a review of practices, a leading out-of-home care provider believes.

Hot Topic

State and Territory Electoral Laws Can Be Just as Stifling for Charities

Krystian Seibert, Tuesday, 17th July 2018 -  It’s important that charities and civil society organisations turn their attention to state and territory electoral laws, writes Krystian Seibert.

Major Sydney Event Explores Human Rights And Technology

Contributor, Tuesday, 17th July 2018 -  How do we protect our human rights when technology is changing the way we live at an unprecedented pace?

Shorten and Abbott Defend Catholics Against ACNC Probe

Luke Michael, Monday, 16th July 2018 -  An investigation into the charity status of Melbourne’s peak body for Catholic schools is being slammed by both sides of politics, with Labor leader Bill Shorten and former prime minister Tony Abbott attacking the “disturbing” action taken by the charities regulator.

Around the World

Trust in UK Charities, Findings Challenged

Paul Carter, Monday, 16th July 2018 -  There has been a challenge to recent research findings suggesting that the British public’s trust in charities was at an all-time low.

Social Enterprises Included in New Pro Bono Legal Target

Luke Michael, Monday, 16th July 2018 -  A national target for pro bono legal services is now including work undertaken for social enterprises, reflecting significant growth in this area of pro bono legal practice.

Senators, the Social Sector, Sexual Harassment and Crowdfunding

Paul Carter, Monday, 16th July 2018 -  Sarah Hanson-Young is leading the crowdfunding race in her battle with fellow Senator David Leyonhjelm as financial supporters take sides in a rising debate likened to a #metoo moment for workplace sexual harassment in Australia.

Changemaker

The Last Straw for Single Use Plastics in Australia

Luke Michael, Monday, 16th July 2018 -  Eva Mackinley is the founder and CEO of The Last Straw, a campaign to reduce the use of the plastic straws in venues around Australia. She is this week’s Changemaker.

Ask Adam

Avoiding Making a Stink in the Office

Adam Blanch, Monday, 16th July 2018 -  Psychologist Adam Blanch offers advice on how to address a colleague with an odour problem.

Community Groups Condemn Liberal Party ‘Gang Busting’ Flyer

Luke Michael, Friday, 13th July 2018 -  Community groups are lining up to condemn a Victorian Liberal Party flyer promising to “stop gangs hunting in packs”, as hysteria around “African gangs” reaches a peak.

Opinion

Five Ways to Sharpen Your Storytelling

Nicole Richards, Thursday, 12th July 2018 -  Storytelling is more critical than ever for not for profits. In a world of information overload, the stories that capture and showcase your organisation’s impact in a compelling way are key to strengthening connections with your supporters, writes Nicole Richards.

Helping Mobility-Impaired Fans to Major Venues Opens Doors

Luke Michael, Thursday, 12th July 2018 -  A service helping mobility-impaired people attend AFL games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is opening the door for other sporting and cultural venues to provide similar accessibility support.

High Needs Indigenous Patients Waiting Too Long for Services

Paul Carter, Wednesday, 11th July 2018 -  Indigenous people with “high” health needs had to wait too long for some services, says an annual snapshot of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations.

Study Suggests Cooperatives Could Hold Key to Fixing Housing Crisis

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 11th July 2018 -  A new worldwide study suggests cooperative housing could hold the key to alleviating Australia’s housing crisis.

Analysis

Senator Sues: Sexism, Women and Australian Politics

Avery Poole, Wednesday, 11th July 2018 -  The sexist remark thrown at Senator Sarah Hanson-Young underscores the urgent need for more women in Australian parliament, writes Dr Avery Poole, assistant director at the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne, in this article first published in Pursuit.

St Vincent de Paul CEO Seeks Labor Preselection

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 11th July 2018 -  Charity leader and opponent of the mandatory detention and offshore processing of asylum seekers, Dr John Falzon is launching a bid for federal Labor preselection hoping to drive progressive change from within the party.

Community Called to Challenge ‘Racist Myths’ Targeting African-Australians

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 10th July 2018 -  Community organisations are being encouraged to challenge “racist myths” targeting African-Australians after an incendiary television report on “African gangs running riot”.

Analysis

The NDIS: Why ‘Customer-Centricity’ Counts

Diana Ferner, Tuesday, 10th July 2018 -  The NDIS is presenting a huge change to the disability services ecosystem. So significant is it that the struggle to adapt and deliver at NDIS price points is pushing many organisations to decide whether they can continue to provide the same services, writes Diana Ferner, a consulting team principal with Social Ventures Australia.

Man Battling Cancer and Centrelink Raises Social Media Storm

Paul Carter, Tuesday, 10th July 2018 -  The ordeal of a father battling bowel cancer and Centrelink at the same time is setting social media ablaze, prompting a crowdfunding appeal and an outpouring of rage on Facebook.

Opinion

Beyond Social Impact Bonds

Contributor, Tuesday, 10th July 2018 -  As governments and service providers around the world learn from the early years of Social Impact Bonds, a wider outcomes-based contracting landscape is emerging, write Dale Renner and Russ Wood, directors of Latitude Network.

Community Harmony Roller Disco Getting Down With Impact Investing

Paul Carter, Monday, 9th July 2018 -  Roller disco is getting its groove on thanks to some righteous impact investing at one of Australia’s largest high-rise public housing estates.

Rising Indigenous Voice Ready to Lead if Chosen

Paul Carter, Monday, 9th July 2018 -  During NAIDOC Week many familiar Indigenous leaders will be in the media, but at the same time a young Indigenous advocate, a rising voice representing the next generation of leadership, has returned to Australia from addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Opinion

The Tragedy of Improving Educational Outcomes for Children with Disability

Julie Phillips, Monday, 9th July 2018 -  How many reports must be published for the Department of Education to deem students with disabilities worthy of the same care, consideration and human rights as other Victorian students, asks Julie Phillips, the manager of the Disability Discrimination Legal Service.
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