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Reflections on the Electoral Bill Debate

Krystian Seibert, Tuesday, 20th November 2018 -  Krystian Seibert reflects on the foreign donations bill that recently passed the Senate, and explains how a reasonable and sensible policy outcome was achieved.

The Election Countdown is on, Time to Get Your Voice Heard

Jo Scard, Tuesday, 20th November 2018 -  Fifty Acres founder and managing director Jo Scard offers her tips to ensure not for profits get their voices heard before the next federal election.

Federal Government Under Fire Over Funding Allocations

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 19th November 2018 -  The peak body for Western Australian social services has lashed out at the federal government for cutting funding to domestic and family violence programs in the state, saying it’s because domestic violence is not the headline issue.

Around the World

Lack of Toilets Putting Half a Billion Children in Danger

Luke Michael, Monday, 19th November 2018 -  The health and education of 620 million children around the world is being threatened by a lack of decent toilets, new research warns.

The Hidden Suffering of Women Sleeping Rough Revealed

Luke Michael, Monday, 19th November 2018 -  Australian women sleeping rough are suffering significantly higher rates of serious medical conditions like cancer, diabetes and asthma compared to male rough sleepers, according to a new report.

Disability Sector Remains Suspicious Over Employment Taskforce

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 19th November 2018 -  The federal government has unveiled a joint employment taskforce to tackle high rates of disability unemployment, but service providers have raised concerns about whether enough is being done to include people with disability in open employment opportunities.

Changemaker

Standing up and Speaking Out on a Broken System

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 19th November 2018 -  Anthony Kelly is executive officer of the Police Accountability Project – an initiative run out of the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre – which provides legal aid to the vulnerable, and works to overhaul a broken system of policing. He is this week’s Changemaker.

Ask Adam

The Many Faces of Depression

Adam Blanch, Monday, 19th November 2018 -  Psychologist Adam Blanch offers advice to someone suffering depression, and says while it feels horrible, it may not be the real problem, but rather the way our body is trying to solve it.

Government Would Save $1.6 Billion by Boosting Social Housing Construction to Post-war Levels, Says Report

Luke Michael, Friday, 16th November 2018 -  Australia needs a tenfold increase in social housing construction to combat a shortfall of almost half a million properties left by 25 years of inadequate investment, a new report warns.

Charities Welcome Foreign Donation Bill’s Passage Through Senate

Luke Michael, Friday, 16th November 2018 -  The charity sector is celebrating the passing of the foreign donations bill through the Senate, after the federal government amended the bill to protect charitable advocacy.

Helping Australia’s Lonely People

Luke Michael, Thursday, 15th November 2018 -  Community groups say Australia needs a national strategy to tackle loneliness as a public health priority, as new research reveals lonely Australians are suffering significant physical and mental health issues.

My Health Record Opt-out Hard For People With Disability

Maggie Coggan, Thursday, 15th November 2018 -  The opt-out period for My Health Record is being extended until the end of January, but disability advocates say more resources are needed to help people with disability make an informed decision.  

Concerns Over Restructure to Social Policy

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 14th November 2018 -  Labor’s promise of an overhaul to social policy making through an evaluator general has been welcomed by the sector, but some say it could be costly and not effective for programs across the board.

Analysis

Why do People Really Become Homeless?

Contributor, Wednesday, 14th November 2018 -  While the majority of the general public thinks drug addiction is the main reason for homelessness, the reality is quite different, writes Dr Julie Moschion, in this article first published in Pursuit.

Opinion

Why People With Disability are Challenging the Exclusivity of Academic-led Research

Contributor, Wednesday, 14th November 2018 -  Disability research has historically not been driven by the needs of the disability community, writes Kate Finch from People with Disability Australia, who explains why disability-led research is vital for people with disability to tell their own stories.

Federal Government Urged to Address Affordable Housing Gap

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 14th November 2018 -  The federal government is being urged to address a critical looming gap in affordable housing that advocates say threatens to push thousands into homelessness.

NSW Groups Fear Second Stolen Generation Over Adoption Reforms

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 13th November 2018 -  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal and community groups fear a bill reforming child protection and adoption laws in New South Wales will sever Indigenous children's connection to culture, and result in a second stolen generation.

Tackling Entrenched Disadvantage With Impact Investing

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 13th November 2018 -  Australia’s growing impact investment market can help deliver better results in areas such as disability services and homelessness, but proactive leadership is needed for the industry to reach its potential, according to a new blueprint for collective action.

Live Crowdfunding Raises Half a Million to Increase Social Impact

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 13th November 2018 -  Australia’s first blended live crowdfunding event has raised close to half a million dollars for three grassroots social enterprises, and has been touted as an innovative way to raise funds for the social enterprise sector.

Early Bird Tickets Now Available For ‘Transform 2019’ in Melbourne

Contributor, Tuesday, 13th November 2018 -  Connecting Up is encouraging everyone to attend Australia’s premier not-for-profit technology conference, which is designed to help the NFP sector gain the knowledge, skills and products required to continue meeting the needs of the people it serves.

True Digital Transformation – The Only Way to Future-proof Your Charity

Contributor, Tuesday, 13th November 2018 -  Aaron Diviniti from One Tree Community Services explains why digital transformation is so important for charities and community groups, and offers advice for organisations looking to transform their digital capabilities.

White Ribbon CEO Puts Hasty Departure Down to Culture Clash

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 12th November 2018 -  Weeks after removing a statement supporting women’s reproductive rights from the website of anti-domestic violence group White Ribbon, the newly ousted CEO says she was forced to step down over conflicting ideas of leadership.  

Government Backtracks on Cuts to Food Relief Charity

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 12th November 2018 -  The federal government has reversed funding cuts to Australia’s largest food charity, following a severe backlash from the sector and the wider public.    

Disability Groups Cautious Over NDIS Independent Assessment Pilot

Luke Michael, Monday, 12th November 2018 -  Disability advocates say they will be closely watching an independent assessments trial to ensure it achieves its stated aims of fairer access and planning decisions for National Disability Insurance Scheme participants, rather than reducing access to the scheme.

Analysis

IT Measures to Accommodate the Notifiable Data Breach Scheme

Ian Patterson, Monday, 12th November 2018 -  IT strategy expert Ian Patterson outlines a number of IT measures not for profits can take to prevent sensitive data breaches from occurring, and offers his tips for organisations to accurately detect and respond to data breaches.

Around the World

UK Education Charity Forced Into Closure

Luke Michael, Monday, 12th November 2018 -  A UK education charity has been forced to close its doors after failing to recover from a substantial government funding cut.
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