Civil Voices


Community Groups Warn That Welfare Changes Will Increase Homelessness

Luke Michael, Thursday, 22nd March 2018 -  Community groups have warned that the likely changes to Australia’s welfare system will push more people into homelessness, after the Turnbull government’s controversial welfare reform bill passed the Senate.


What’s Wrong With Giving and How Do We Fix It?

Lawrence Jackson, Thursday, 22nd March 2018 -  It’s time to rewrite the donor/charity social contract to make giving more proactive, planned and deliberate, writes Lawrence Jackson.

New Charity Sector Push To Withdraw Foreign Interference Bills

Luke Michael, Thursday, 22nd March 2018 -  There has been a renewed push to withdraw the federal government’s package of foreign interference bills, with an open letter set to be presented to Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten at an event in parliament next week.

In Conversation

In Conversation: Sara El-Amine

Wendy Williams, Thursday, 22nd March 2018 -  The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative director of advocacy, Sara El-Amine, talks to Wendy Williams about reimaging philanthropy.


Where’s The Map? Navigating Australia’s Housing and Aged Care Systems

Contributor, Thursday, 22nd March 2018 -  For older people who are in housing stress and in need of aged care services, they have two disparate systems – both confusing individually, let alone together – to navigate, write Dr Victoria Cornell, Dr Alice Clark, and Jane Mussared.

Roadmap Presents ‘Unashamedly Ambitious’ Vision For Impact Investing

Wendy Williams, Wednesday, 21st March 2018 -  A new roadmap has been laid out to accelerate development of the impact investing market and build a future in which finance is instrumental to social and environmental progress.

Entrepreneurs Hold the Key to Solving Social Problems

Wendy Williams, Wednesday, 21st March 2018 -  All human beings are born as entrepreneurs, according to Nobel Peace Prize laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus.

Australia Urged to Become World Leader in Addressing Modern Slavery

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 21st March 2018 -  Implementing a Modern Slavery Act offers Australia the chance to be a world leader in combating human trafficking, and businesses can show leadership by addressing slavery in their supply chain, a Melbourne forum has heard.

NFPs Join Forces to Call For Government Action on Housing Affordability

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 20th March 2018 -  A coalition of not for profits has joined forces to call for a drastic reform of Australia’s housing system, to address rising homelessness and a shortfall of affordable housing.


It’s Time We Had a Not-for-Profit Sector Ombudsman

Krystian Seibert, Tuesday, 20th March 2018 -  The not-for-profit sector lacks a champion within the Australian government, writes Krystian Seibert.

Charities Must Help People Help Themselves

Wendy Williams, Tuesday, 20th March 2018 -  Charity is not the solution for helping people out of poverty, according to a leading global advocate for sanitation.

US Inspires $1 Million Grant For Community Housing Providers

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 20th March 2018 -  Australia will look to mimic a successful affordable housing approach from the United States, with the launch of an Affordable Housing Challenge offering a $1 million grant to community housing providers.


CSR, On-Demand

Ellie Nikakis, Tuesday, 20th March 2018 -  Ellie Nikakis explores corporate social responsibility geared for millennials and the digital age.

New Platform Looks to Boost Workplace Giving for Cause-Driven Millennials

Luke Michael, Monday, 19th March 2018 -  Cause-driven millennials are driving “impulsive” peer-to-peer fundraising, which a new technology platform hopes to utilise in order to double donations raised through corporate fundraising initiatives.


Are You Outcomes Ready For 2018/2019?

Jenny Riley, Monday, 19th March 2018 -  Outcomes measurement will play a central role in future funding arrangements for the sector writes Navigating Outcomes principal and founder Jenny Riley, as she offers three things not for profits need to do to become outcomes ready.

Around the World

Calls for Evidence As UK Takes First Look at Charity Tax Reliefs in 20 Years

Wendy Williams, Monday, 19th March 2018 -  The UK Charity Tax Commission has put out a public call for evidence on whether the tax treatment of charities needs to be reformed for the first time in two decades.

Growing Demand For Food Services From Those Experiencing Homelessness

Luke Michael, Monday, 19th March 2018 -  Access to food has overtaken housing as the most in-demand service for those experiencing or at risk of homelessness, according to data from a mobile website connecting people in need with housing, meals, support and counselling.


Providing Mental Health Solutions Inside Parliament and in the Community

Luke Michael, Monday, 19th March 2018 -  Amanda Bresnan is the executive director of Community Mental Health Australia, and has previously served as a Greens MP in the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly. She is this week’s Changemaker.

Philanthropists Called on to Champion the LGBTQI Community

Luke Michael, Friday, 16th March 2018 -  Australian philanthropists have been called on to “step up” and champion the LGBTQI community, after a new report found just 0.8 per cent of grant-making charities in Australia funded LGBTQI people in 2016.

In Conversation

In Conversation: Dr Gary Johns

Wendy Williams, Thursday, 15th March 2018 -  Dr Gary Johns is the commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).


Where is The Sustainable Consumer Heading in 2018?

Georgia Gibson, Thursday, 15th March 2018 -  How do we capture the sustainable market, questions Georgia Gibson, from Ellis Jones.


We Need to Talk About The Rising Tragedy of Homeless Elderly People

Andrew Cairns, Thursday, 15th March 2018 -  The rising number of low-income and homeless elderly people being locked out of aged care is one that needs urgent attention, writes Andrew Cairns, CEO of Community Sector Banking.

Anglicare Says Support Service Cuts Are Hurting Asylum Seekers

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 14th March 2018 -  Asylum seekers are experiencing distress and further hardship because of recent cuts to a government support service, according to Anglicare.

Social Sector Calls for Action as Homelessness Rises by 14 Per Cent

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 14th March 2018 -  The social sector has called for action in wake of new census data, which revealed that homelessness in Australia has risen by almost 14 per cent in five years.

Calls for Collective Action on SDGs To Avoid Legacy of Inequality

Wendy Williams, Wednesday, 14th March 2018 -  Australia’s leading advocates for sustainable development have called for collective action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to avoid a legacy of inequality and environmental degradation for the next generation of Australians.

Jeff Kennett Says Foreign Donations Bill Will ‘Stifle Australian Philanthropy’

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 14th March 2018 -  Former Victorian premier and Equity Trustees' chairman Jeff Kennett has warned that the federal government’s proposed foreign donations bill “has gone too far” and “threatens to stifle Australian philanthropy”.
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