Submission for DSS on its replacement options for the ACNC - 27 July 2014

This outlines Community Council for Australia’s (CCA) response to the Options Paper on proposed replacement arrangements for charities if the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is disbanded.

This is CCA’s fifth submission in relation to the establishment of the ACNC.  It is important to note that this response has been prepared in consultation with the membership of CCA  and key organisations in the not-for-profit sector.   . 

CCA strongly believe that authentic consultation, constructive advocacy and genuine collaboration between the sector and government will lead to better policies, programs and services for our communities.

Unfortunately, the options proposed through this limited consultation are, at best, dismissive of the sector’s views and impose a predetermined agenda with very little meaningful capacity to offer input or change policy.  Detailed in the attached submission are reasons why none of the proposed options are in the sector or the community’s interests.