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Australian charities have demonstrated in this crisis that they are effective advocates to governments. Now they need to look beyond governments to better engagement with their communities - and it would be real step backwards if the not-fit-for-purpose in the 21st Century dog's breakfast of fundraising regulation became the biggest barrier to charities being able to pivot and focus their efforts on stronger local connections and support, writes CCA CEO David Crosbie.

AN OPEN LETTER TO AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTS FROM THE CHARITIES CRISIS CABINET, 23 April 2020

The Charities Crisis Cabinet has written to the Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers calling for urgent fundraising reform.  Now is the time to support giving with a set of fundraising rules fit for these times.

The Charities Crisis Cabinet has released a Position Paper on Enabling greater charitable fundraising during COVID-19 crisis, 20 April 2020.

Fundraising is the biggest red tape burden for the charities sector. This position paper provides a clear and effective measure that could be easily implemented with goodwill and cooperation between our governments to support our charities and our communities at this time.

Rebuilding the economy will become the major focus of government post COVID-19. It is within this context that charities will increasingly need to demonstrate their value to communities, to Australia, to our economy writes CCA CEO, David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 16 April 2020.

CCA is pleased the government has recognised the invaluable work being undertaken by 1.3 million Australian charity workers in proposed changes to the JobKeeper Payment going to Parliament this week.

We need to look after each other to look after ourselves. The way we engage with each other in this pandemic can see us grow as individuals and as a community writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 2 April 2020.

CCA is pleased to announce the establishment of the Charities Crisis Cabinet.  The Cabinet will be seeking to enable as many charities as possible to survive through this pandemic and contribute to building flourishing communities after the crisis.  It will draw on the broader charities sector to provide advice to governments, business, philanthropists and the community.  The first meeting will be held on Tuesday.

Dear Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers

This is a very challenging time for all governments in Australia and around the world dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.  The health and economic costs are quite staggering.  We all understand governments are trying not to create panic and keep the Australian economy turning over, while at the same time seeking to manage this major pandemic.  

The Community Council for Australia has called on all Australian governments to look beyond short-term business stimulus and ensure the biggest industry employer in Australia, the charities sector, can maintain their staff through this period of economic uncertainty.

CCA Chair Rev Tim Costello pointed out today; ‘Charities employ more than 1.3 million Australians. That is more than the retail sector, more than agriculture, mining, or any other industry.  Charities need certainty if they are to maintain their staff. Governments could help with that certainty by guaranteeing not to cut funding for the next 12 months. A 12-month moratorium on funding cuts would provide increased certainty for charities and boost employment.’

Today the Government has wasted another opportunity to reform Australia’s outdated fundraising laws when it has given its long awaited response to the review of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (Report of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Legislation Review 2018).