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A Charitable View of the Abbott Govt’s First Year in Office


Tuesday, 26th August 2014 at 12:24 pm
Lina Caneva, Editor
The Not for Profit sector is invited to a challenging discussion with three acclaimed charity leaders about the year that was and what may lie ahead - some 12 months since the election of the Abbott Government.

Tuesday, 26th August 2014
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Lina Caneva, Editor


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A Charitable View of the Abbott Govt’s First Year in Office
Tuesday, 26th August 2014 at 12:24 pm

The Not for Profit sector is invited to a challenging discussion with three acclaimed charity leaders about the year that was and what may lie ahead – some 12 months since the election of the Abbott Government.

The discussion will take place at a ‘first birthday party’ event at the National Press Club on Monday, September 8, where the Community Council for Australia will release the findings of a national survey on the confidence levels of Australia’s Not for Profit sector, currently being  conducted by Pro Bono Australia.

The discussion will be lead by Tim Costello, the Chief Executive at World Vision and Chair of Community Council for Australia (CCA), Jan Owen the Chief Executive Officer and Foundation for Young Australians and Toby Hall, the Chief Executive Officer for St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA).

Take the survey HERE. The survey is open until COB Tuesday, August 28.

In 2013 Pro Bono Australia, with the assistance of the CCA and Net Balance, conducted a survey to gauge the Not for Profit sector’s views and future outlook prior to the 2013 Federal Election.

“Twelve months later, we are doing it again to see how things have changed in terms of regulation, impact and expectations for the next 12 months,” Pro Bono Australia Founder Karen Mahlab said.

“Our survey asks many of the same questions and will provide a needed evidence-base for how the sector sees current events, reform and what the sector wants to see for the future.

“Our 2013 survey had 1500 respondents and gained widespread coverage in the general community and within the halls of Government and we’d like your voice to be loud and clear once again.

“It’s important that our sector continues to have a strong voice about important sector issues. Much has happened during the first 12 months of the current Federal Government.

“We had a clear idea of what the sector wanted for itself through the pre-election survey done in August 2013. It’s time to take the sector’s pulse again on those major issues.

The CEO of the Community Council for Australia, David Crosbie said “the survey is critical to informing our community, governments, our stakeholders and colleagues about how we in the sector are traveling, what our needs are, and what must change if we are to better serve our communities”.  

“The value of this kind of information cannot be overstated.  There is currently a real vacuum in the public and political discourse about the needs of our sector,” Mr Crosbie said.

Take the survey HERE. The survey is open until COB Tuesday 26th August.

Special rates are available for CCA members for the National Press Club event.

For more information and to make a member booking contact Emma Lang: emmal@communitycouncil.com.au and 02 6198 3436.

Go to the National Press Club site for all other bookings.


Lina Caneva  |  Editor |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years, and Editor of Pro Bono Australia News since it was founded in 2000.

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