It’s here.  It’s time.  We can create the Australia we want – if we are up to the challenge and the vision that leaders from across the charities sector set at the first AusWeWant Roundtable.

Tim Costello, David Crosbie and the CCA Board and membership hope that you will join us at the National Press Club and help launch The Australia We Want, First Report.


CCA is pleased to announce that the successful CFO Forums we hosted previously are returning.

The financial, regulatory and political context has developed significantly since our last CFO Forum, with many members experiencing both cost pressures and an even greater need to innovate and better understand the financial challenges ahead. The return of these forums will provide a great opportunity for finance executives to: contribute to policy; meet ministers; share ideas; and engage in dialogue.


The recent Productivity Commission preliminary findings report into Competition in the Human Services makes for very interesting reading for the Not for Profit sector writes, David Crosbie, CEO of Community Council for Australia in Pro Bono News

Not for Profits that invest in the quality of their interactions within both their existing communities and their potential communities, have little to fear from disruption, CEO of Community Council for Australia, David Crosbie writes in Pro Bono News.

In October and December 2015, CCA staged a major campaign to promote more robust discussion of mergers and collaborations. The campaign included a series of national forums and the report is a record of the discussion and feedback.

The focus of the forums was the #GoodSave case study presentation by Jayne Meyer Tucker who outlined the ideas and practicalities that drove the merger of Good Beginnings Australia and Save the Children Australia.


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 associated discussion paper.  It has been prepared with CCA members (see listing of CCA members, Attachment 1) as well as other key organisations working in the broader not-for-profit sector.  

CCA held this event before the 2016 Federal election to get views of major party candidates on what they plan to do if elected to ensure a flourishing not-for-profit sector.


It is important to note at the outset that this pre-election survey of CCA members does not represent the views of all CCA members. However, it is a snapshot of opinions from more than 20 significant charities in Australia. CCA believes it is useful in providing a perspective and a starting point for discussions about views across the whole charities and not-for-profit sector. We need to have more honest discussions in our sector about who we support and why, or our issues will not be taken seriously.



Over 100 personalised letters were emailed to the major candidates in 30 marginal electorates.  Each letter had a personalised introduction, highlighting issues the candidate had publicly acknowledged as important and listing the specific number of charities in their electorate.  The same eight questions were asked of each candidate.  The letters requested a response within seven days and were signed by the Chair and CEO of CCA.



This is it – the discussion the whole charities and not-for-profit sector have been asking for since the election was called – a televised National Press Club lunch debate devoted entirely to discussing the future of the charities and not-for-profit sector.
This is a very important debate for our sector, our communities and this election campaign – and a time to refocus the talk to be about more than just the economy.
·       Shadow Minister Andrew Leigh (ALP)
·       Senator Rachel Siewert (Greens)