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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.     The Minister for

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

Welfare to Be Docked up to 15 Per Cent to Pay Unpaid Court Fines

Luke Michael, Friday, 1st June 2018 -  The federal government plans to deduct up to 15 per cent of welfare payments for recipients with unpaid courts fines, in order to help people “stay out of jail”. The government

Volunteering Tasmania Forced to Close Launceston Office

Luke Michael, Thursday, 21st September 2017 -  Volunteering Tasmania has said there is no need to be concerned about the future of the organisation, despite having to close its second office in the space of just 15 months. The Launceston

Changes to Reportable Fringe Benefits

Wendy Williams, Monday, 19th December 2016 -  Not for profit employees receiving family assistance or youth income support payments are being warned of upcoming changes to reportable fringe benefits. The Department of Social

Call for NFP Submissions on Services for Unpaid Carers

Lina Caneva, Monday, 7th November 2016 -  The federal government is calling for submissions on the draft service delivery model for services to support and sustain the work of unpaid carers. Assistant Minister for Social…

‘Devastating’ Social Service Funding Cuts Slammed

Xavier Smerdon, Friday, 18th September 2015 -  A Senate Inquiry has slammed the Department of Social Service funding process which saw cuts of $270 million and has recommended that five-year contracts be awarded to service providers…

Documents Reveal NFP Sector’s Frustration with Govt

Xavier Smerdon, Thursday, 4th June 2015 -  Australian charities, Not for Profit organisations and churches have warned that the Not for Profit sector could face greater regulatory burdens and costs if the Abbott Government…

DSS Inquiry Calls on Auditor General to Intervene

Xavier Smerdon, Thursday, 14th May 2015 -  The long awaited inquiry into the Department of Social Services tendering process has called on the Auditor General to investigate and make changes to the Commonwealth Grants Guidelines.…

Tasmania’s Volunteer Peak Fights for Funding Survival

Xavier Smerdon, Thursday, 23rd April 2015 -  An Queensland organisation has been funded by the Department of Social Services to deliver volunteer services to Tasmania instead of the long-standing local peak body, the Senate…

Opinion

Dismissing the Un-dismissible

Xavier Smerdon, Thursday, 23rd April 2015 -  A natural tendency to be supportive of DSS officials engaged in Australia’s difficult welfare funding challenge was completely undermined by their arrogant presentation

Govt Tendering Inquiry Submissions Call for Significant Change

Xavier Smerdon, Tuesday, 7th April 2015 -  The Senate Inquiry into the Federal Government’s community service tendering processes by the Department of Social Services received 84 submissions by the March closing…
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