COMMUNITY COUNCIL FOR AUSTRALIA

We are an independent member-based peak body dedicated to building flourishing communities by enhancing the extraordinary work of Australia’s not-for-profit sector. We do this by changing the way governments, communities and the not-for-profit sector relate to one another.In particular, this includes establishing a regulatory environment that works for community organisations - not against them. Find out more...

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As long as the richest and most powerful have the greatest influence over national policy, the interests of our communities will be poorly reflected in many areas of national policy making.  This week’s Grattan report on access and influence in Australian politics’ highlights many issues. Most importantly, its recommendations are a great starting point for the reforms to national policy making that Australia desperately needs , writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 27 September 2018.

This supplementary submission outlines key areas of concern for the Community Council for Australia (CCA) in relation to the proposed amended Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017.  CCA is pleased that the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JSCEM) have put forward such comprehensive recommendations and the proposed amendments go a long way to reducing the potential negative impact of the original Bill.  Given CCA has previously provided a submission on the original legislation, this supplementary submission will make only four key...

This submission outlines key areas of opportunity and concern for the Community Council for Australia (CCA) in relation to the proposed Australian Charities External Conduct Standards.  CCA welcomes the opportunity to engage with The Treasury on this very important issue.

CCA has long supported ending the multiple application processes involved in DGR and charitable status. Reforming DGR to ensure that most DGR organisations are listed with the ACNC and ending the role of separate registers run at a Departmental level makes good sense, reduces red tape and compliance, increases transparency, and is a sound practical policy initiative. Similarly, the move to streamline the public fund requirements has long been supported across the charities sector. CCA welcomes these proposed reforms. CCA has serious reservations about a number of other proposed reforms and...

Safety is part of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s three-point plan to win the next election, but what is he doing to create a safer Australia? Is this about politics? Or is it about authentic action that leaves easy headlines behind? If we care to look, it's not hard to see where to start. CCA CEO David Crosbie does just that in Pro Bono News, 13 September 2018.