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RSL National President Resigns Amid ACNC Investigation

Luke Michael, Monday, 23rd July 2018 -  RSL National president Robert Dick has quit during a watchdog investigation into “critical governance issues” affecting the scandal-plagued charity.

Canadian Court Protects Charities’ Political Activity

Paul Carter, Monday, 23rd July 2018 -  A Canadian court’s decision protecting the tax benefits and political activity of a particular charity could inform debate in Australia on charitable advocacy, politics and regulation. The Canada court last week ruled a tax agency

Opinion

Public Sector Doesn’t Need a Parent, it Needs a Partner

Alvaro Maz, Monday, 23rd July 2018 -  When I was studying International Relations, Philosophy and Urban Planning I never thought I would end up dedicating my career trying to make government better, writes Alvaro Maz, co-founder and managing director at Code for Australia.

Australia Lags Behind UK in Disability Access, Expert Says

Luke Michael, Monday, 23rd July 2018 -  Australia can do better for people with disability as poor access to housing, education and transport prevents them from flourishing, says a visiting UK disability expert.

Can TV Show Us What it is Really Like to be Homeless?

Paul Carter, Monday, 23rd July 2018 -  Having shown what it is “really like to be homeless” in Australia, the celebrities involved in television’s second series of Filthy Rich and Homeless are back to their normal lives after 10 days on the streets.

Changemaker

Rewriting Social Care Rules in the NDIS Age

Luke Michael, Monday, 23rd July 2018 -  Danielle Ballantine is the CEO of Your Side, a not-for-profit disability and aged care provider based in Sydney. She is this week’s Changemaker.

Opinion

PM’s African Crime Comments Fan Flames of Fear

Julie Edwards, Friday, 20th July 2018 -  The recent intervention by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull concerning the issue of African youth in Victoria is unfair, misleading and extremely unhelpful, writes Jesuit Social Services CEO Julie Edwards.

Disability Groups Slam Changes to DES Program

Luke Michael, Thursday, 19th July 2018 -  It is feared the Commonwealth’s new $800 million disability employment program, being described as a “deep disappointment”, will only make it harder for people with disability to find work, national disability groups say.

Volunteering Australia Calls for Survey Responses

Paul Carter, Thursday, 19th July 2018 -  Volunteering Australia is urging people to complete its anonymous online survey to help optimise its role as the national peak body for volunteering, working to advance volunteering in the community.

Opinion

It Is All About the Purpose, Not the Activity

David Crosbie, Thursday, 19th July 2018 -  When it comes to investigating the Catholic Education Melbourne, nothing seen in the last few days suggests the ACNC is doing anything other than what a good regulator should do, writes Community Council for Australia CEO David Crosbie.

Analysis

New RIAA Report: Impact Investment Delivering for our Environment and Communities

Simon O'Connor, Thursday, 19th July 2018 -  The significant role capital plays in shaping our society and environment – both positively and negatively – is in focus more than ever before, writes Simon O’Connor, CEO of the Responsible Investment Association Australasia.

Cashless Welfare Card Effectiveness Questioned by New Report

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 18th July 2018 -  The government’s approach to monitoring and evaluating its controversial cashless welfare card trial is inadequate, an auditor-general report says, leaving its effectiveness unknown and renewing calls for it to be scrapped.

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.
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