Charities

November 2016

White Ribbon Day - marked with politicians’ personal experience of family violence - November 2016

Filed under: Social and Community, Charities, Social Services,

Events marking White Ribbon Day – today, Friday 25 November – attracted widespread community and political support this week.

October 2016

Senate Estimates Committees – Investment approach to welfare – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Social and Community, Age Pension,

Senate Estimates Committees are an important but little-understood parliamentary process which allows senators from all sides to question officials and (Senate-based) ministers in detail about matters in their portfolio.

Senate Estimates Committees – Family violence – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Social and Community, Charities,

Senate Estimates Committees are an important but little-understood parliamentary process which allows senators from all sides to question officials and (Senate-based) ministers in detail about matters in their portfolio.

Senate Estimates Committees – Accommodation for women at risk – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Social and Community, Charities,

Senate Estimates Committees are an important but little-understood parliamentary process which allows senators from all sides to question officials and (Senate-based) ministers in detail about matters in their portfolio.

Senate Estimates Committees –  Homelessness – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Social and Community, Charities,

Senate Estimates Committees are an important but little-understood parliamentary process which allows senators from all sides to question officials and (Senate-based) ministers in detail about matters in their portfolio.

September 2016

Not for profit alia issues on parliament’s agenda – September 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Social and Community, Charities,

Parliament resumed sitting this week for the first time since the 2 July – and several issues of concern for the Not-For-Profit sector, which the sector raised during the Federal election campaign, were on Parliament’s agenda.

July 2016

Not for Profit politics and policy: The implications of the election outcome - so far - July 2016

Filed under: Politics, Budget, Elections, Senate, Social and Community,

Given this highly uncertain outcome, the main issue of continuing interest in the new Parliament to the Not for Profit sector – and to everyone else with a stake in the political process – is the fate of legislation in the new Parliament.

Not for Profit politics and policy: The election result – July 2016

Filed under: Politics, Elections, Social and Community, Charities,

At this stage there is little that can usefully, accurately and conclusively say about the election result regarding the Not for Profit sector.

May 2016

ALP announces domestic violence funding – May 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Charities, Social Services,

The Labor Party has committed to providing $65 million over six years, if it wins the election, to provide funding certainty to the organisations delivering the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.

Not for Profit sector Parliament and Politics - May 2016: Federal Budget - Housing and Homelessness

Filed under: Politics, Budget, Social and Community, Charities, Social Services,

ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra said, “The Budget has failed to take any action to address housing affordability in Australia, nor to lift the unemployment payment.”

Not for Profit sector Parliament and Politics - May 2016: Federal Budget 2016 - Foreign Aid

Filed under: Politics, Budget, Social and Community, Charities,

In a Facebook post Baptist World Aid said, “Tonight, the Australian Federal Budget locked our nation into becoming the least generous it has ever been.”

Not for Profit sector Parliament and Politics: Refugees and asylum seekers – May 2016

Filed under: Politics, Elections, Social and Community, Aged Care, Charities,

The Not for Profit sector has identified refugees and asylum seekers as one of the key issues it will highlight during the Federal Election campaign.

February 2016

Baptist Care Australia Federal Budget Submission – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Budget, Charities,

Baptist Care Australia has released its recommendations to the Commonwealth Government for the 2016-17 Federal Budget.

Churches and community sector rally behind asylum seekers – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Charities, Health, Immigration,

Church groups, community organisations and Australia’s non-government international aid bodies have rallied in support of asylum seekers and urged the Government not to return asylum seekers to Nauru and Manus Island.

Charity app – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Charities,

Federal Government funding has helped in the development of a new mobile phone app which enables charities and not for profit organisations to match their needs with donated goods across Australia.

December 2015

Innovation Statement funding could affect not-for- profit sector – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Charities,

The Turnbull Government’s first broad-brush policy package, the Innovation Statement, may contain a sting in the tail for the not-for-profit and care-based sectors.

FBT concessions cut for not-for-profit employees – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Tax, Charities, Health,

Parliament has passed legislation reducing fringe benefit tax benefits for employees of not-for-profit organisations, charities and some public organisations such as hospitals.

Funding for specialist disability housing – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Charities, Housing,

Social Services Minister Christian Porter has announced that not-for-profit organisations building or modifying disability housing are able to apply for a share of $10 million of Commonwealth Government grants funding.

Rosie Batty tops not-for-profit awards – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Charities, Social Services,

Australian of the Year and domestic violence campaigner, Rosie Batty, has been voted the most influential person in the Not-for-Profit sector in the inaugural Impact 25 awards.

Charities Commission remains under a cloud – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Charities, Social Services, Business,

Social Services Minister Christian Porter has refused to give a commitment on the future of the national not-for-profit regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

Faith-based action against slavery – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Charities,

Community leaders from 15 different faiths from around Australia have pledged their support help to end modern slavery.

October 2015

Federal Government volunteer grants program – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Charities, Social Services,

Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter has invited community organisations to apply for a share of $20 million in grants to support and encourage the work of volunteers.

Anti-Poverty Week - Baptist Care Northern Territory’s Food for Life program – October 20

Filed under: Australian Politics, Charities, Social Services,

As Baptist Care Australia’s contribution to Anti-Poverty Week (11 to 17 October) BCA published a blog and media release highlighting the contribution of Baptist Care Northern Territory’s Food for Life program.

New minister begins consultations – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Charities, Social Services,

Recently appointed Social Services Minister Christian Porter has in his first weeks in the portfolio established a round of consultations with key organisations in the sector, including Baptist Care Australia.

Charities Commission consulting on publication of commercially sensitive information – October

Filed under: Australian Politics, Charities, Social Services,

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission is seeking comment on its proposed arrangements for the publication or removal of commercially sensitive information on its national charity register.

September 2015

Charities regulator warns over errors in financial reports – September 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Financial Advice, Charities,

The national charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) says it is contacting thousands of charities that have made significant errors in their financial reporting.

May 2015

Inquiry recommends auditor review community grants funding cuts - May

Filed under: Australian Politics, Charities,

The Senate Community Affairs References Committee inquiry into cuts or termination of grant funding for community organisations in the 2014 Budget, last week published an interim report calling for a detailed Government investigation of the defunding of community organisations.

February 2015

Charities Act commences but Government reaffirms abolition plans – February 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Charities,

During 2014 uncertainty surrounded the immediate future of uniform national charities regulation.

August 2014

Charities: Charity status of 246 organisations revoked - August 2014

Filed under: Australian Politics, Charities,

The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, the national charity regulator, has revoked the charity status of 246 Australian charities it has not been able to locate.

Charities: Consultation on Charities Commission replacement begins

Filed under: Australian Politics, Charities,

The Department of Social Services has published a paper seeking feedback from charities and interested parties on the proposed replacement options for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

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