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Building the Australia we want starts with education

Building the Australia we want starts with education

CCA, with the support of partners Origin Foundation and PwC Australia brought together 30 leaders in the first Australia We Want Solutions Forum in Melbourne on 2 August, 2017. This exceptional gathering of change-makers and thought-leaders focused on the #AusWeWant measure of educational attainment, an indicator for the #AusWeWant value of equal opportunity (and of course with relevance across other values).

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.

Welcome to the Winter edition of CCA News.  In this issue, an update on the Open Letter to the Prime Minister regarding the future of the ACNC; discussions with Assistant Minister Michael Sukkar on the need to #fixfundraising; latest on news and moves related to advocacy by charities; and reviews looking at reform to DGR and Human Services.

In the face of a targeted campaign to limit advocacy, the charities sector must not become divided, writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, Divide and Conquer, 22 June 2017:

Charity leaders from across the sector have written to the Prime Minister concerned about the future of the Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission following the surprising and disappointing news that ACNC Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM will not be re-appointed for an additional term and will step down on 30 September 2017.