Submissions

This submission outlines key areas of opportunity and concern for the Community Council for Australia (CCA) in relation to the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service (the Review).

CCA welcomes the opportunity to engage with the Review and its work to improve the capability and performance of the Australian Public Service, and is keen to engage in further discussion as the Review’s recommendations are developed and considered.

CCA commends the government on pursuing an Open Government agenda.  Greater transparency, participation and accountability in government will drive real improvements in performance and better outcomes for the Australian community.  However, this requires governments to commit to collecting and making public a much higher level of outcome and impact reporting, not just of the services they contract, but of their own performance in achieving government policy goals.

CCA generally welcomes the intention of the amendments proposed by Attorney General, Christian Porter - but calls for areas of uncertainty to be resolved -  and remains confused as to why charities pursuing their charitable purpose are not excluded when business groups, non-charitable peak bodies and others are exempt.  The cost to Australia of reducing international collaboration by charities and their engagement in the public policy process would be extremely high.  Ideally the Bill will exclude Australian registered charities engaged in their normal activities and pursuing their...

Following CCA’s submission last October and an appearance before the Senate Select Committee on Political Donations, CCA was invited to address questions from the Committee including on the adequacy of current laws governing third parties and their political expenditure; the most appropriate means, if any, of further regulating third party actors to improve the integrity of decision-making; and how additional third party regulation might impact charities to fulfil their purpose under the ACNC Act.

CCA's submission outlines key issues in relation to the past performance and future direction of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) with a focus on possible legislative changes.