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New CEO For Community Council of Australia

Wednesday, 13th October 2010 at 2:55 pm
Staff Reporter
The emerging Not for Profit peak body, the Community Council of Australia (CCA) has appointed high profile Not for Profit executive, David Crosbie as its new CEO.

Wednesday, 13th October 2010
at 2:55 pm
Staff Reporter



New CEO For Community Council of Australia
Wednesday, 13th October 2010 at 2:55 pm

The emerging Not for Profit peak body, the Community Council of Australia (CCA) has appointed high profile Not for Profit executive, David Crosbie as its new CEO.

Crosbie is currently CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia and was previously CEO of Odyssey House Victoria, and CEO of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia.

He has served on a range of key national policy bodies including being the Co-Chair of the National Compact Expert Advisory Group, a member of the Community Response Task Group set up by then Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the Prime Minister’s Australian National Council on Drugs, the National Advisory Council on Mental Health and the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation.

Rev. Tim Costello, CCA Chair and World Vision CEO says Crosbie has an excellent reputation for achieving real outcomes in the organisations he has managed and is experienced in working collaboratively across sectors in complex policy areas.

CCA Directo and CEO of HammondCare, Dr Stephen Judd says Crosbie has been a leader in the Australian Not for Profit sector for more than 20 years, including over a decade as CEO of peak national bodies.

He says just as importantly he has a long history of senior management and engagement with community organisations.

Crosbie says he feels privileged to have an opportunity to contribute to strengthening the role of Australia’s Not for Profit organisations and a real sense of responsibility.

He says he accepts that there is a great deal of work to be done and at the very least, CCA needs to achieve real reform in the way governments, the business sector and the broader community all interact with and support Not for Profit organisations.

The Community Council for Australia was launched in March 2010 as an independent, non political, member-based organisation with the aim of bringing Not for Profit communities together and representing organisations to Government on common, broad sector issues.

The initiating organisations were HammondCare, Mission Australia, Philanthropy Australia, Social Ventures Australia, The Benevolent Society, The Smith Family and World Vision Australia.

The CCA has been born out of controversy after previous unsuccessful attempts to bring together various groups within the NFP sector.

CCA founder and inaugural CEO Kevin MacDonald resigned recently for family reasons and has moved back to Perth.

In recent years there have been two new organisations set up as umbrella or peak groups to represent Not for Profit organisations.

Nonprofit Australia was established in 2004 with initial funding from the Australian Government, and later corporate funding, with a mission to improve the viability of Not for Profit organisations and stimulate collaboration across the sector. It was chaired by the CEO of Smith Family, Elaine Henry.

Henry has now made Nonprofit Australia inactive and is putting her weight behind CCA as one of three inaugural directors of CCA.

MacDonald said at the launch of CCA that there is also a significant point of difference between this new organisation and the existing National Roundtable of Nonprofit Organisations.

He said the Roundtable iwas a peak of peak bodies around Australia, while CCA offered membership to peak bodies as well as large and small organisations across the NFP spectrum.

The National Roundtable of Nonprofit Organisations was set in 2006 and describes itself as a critical piece of infrastructure for the NFP sector. It is chaired by David Thompson, who is also head of Jobs Australia.

David Crosbie will commence in the new role from the 8th of November 2010.

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