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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This Community Council for Australia (CCA) submission briefly outlines some of the key issues for Australia’s not-for-profit sector in response to the Productivity Commission Inquiry Into Introducing Competition And Informed User Choice Into Human Services and the Draft Report May 2017. 

Begin with what the policy is trying to achieve – what is the goal of DGR concessions?

The goal of the DGR process should be to encourage community involvement, engagement and ownership of issues they are concerned about.  Encouraging civil society to own their issues of concern is not only good public policy, it is very good economic policy.  Governments around the world acknowledge the benefit of community involvement and actively seek to promote philanthropy.  

If the charity sector accepts government restrictions on its public voice, it will be a sad day for Australian democracy and it will mean that free speech is for sale in Australia, writes David Crosbie, CEO of Community Council for Australia in Pro Bono News, 20 July 2017:

Calling charity CFOs..

We are inviting your interest in a CFO Roundtable with Treasury in Melbourne (20 July) or Sydney (21 July).

At hand is an important issue that could affect capital flow into the sector:  Treasury are considering the implications of changes to the treatment of ancillary fund loans and other forms of investment to DGR charities. 

A successful and transparent charity delivering on its purpose should not be sucked into discussions about whether it should be spending 10 per cent or 15 per cent on its overheads, writes David Crosbie, CEO of Community Council for Australia in Pro Bono News, 6 July 2017:  Give Me Knowledge, Not Numbers.