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.

This week has highlighted how important it is for us to be brave in our advocacy and stand up for democracy, writes David Crosbie, CEO of the Community Council for Australia (CCA) in Pro Bono News.

Charities in Australia currently enjoy some of the strongest legal protections in the world to engage in advocacy, but we should never take these protections for granted, writes David Crosbie in Pro Bono News.

The federal budget of so called “fairness” has in some ways reset the government’s priorities and reflects the influence the charity sector can have through effective advocacy, writes David Crosbie, CEO of Community Council for Australia in Pro Bono News, 10 May 2017.

If there is one value that is most often cited as a core Australian value, it is fairness.

Our Australian “values” need to be grounded in the reality of life in Australian communities and not just a list of words we agree to, writes David Crosbie, CEO of the Community Council for Australia in Pro Bono News.

Fix Fundraising - An Open Letter from 150 of Australia's leading charities

5 April 2017

Dear Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers

Australia’s charity fundraising regulations are a mess. They’re out-of-date - they deal with wishing wells and the length of handles on collection boxes, but not with online fundraising, crowdfunding and websites.  Charities want to do the right thing, but it’s too complex, too confusing and it’s ineffective.

In the coming months Australia’s charity sector has an opportunity to take a huge step forward in fundraising regulation reform, with Victoria leading the way, writes CEO of Community Council for Australia, David Crosbie in Pro Bono News.


This submission outlines five key areas where the Community Council for Australia believes there is scope to support a stronger and more effective impact investing market in Australia.