CCA has long supported ending the multiple application processes involved in DGR and charitable status. Reforming DGR to ensure that most DGR organisations are listed with the ACNC and ending the role of separate registers run at a Departmental level makes good sense, reduces red tape and compliance, increases transparency, and is a sound practical policy initiative. Similarly, the move to streamline the public fund requirements has long been supported across the charities sector. CCA welcomes these proposed reforms. CCA has serious reservations about a number of other proposed reforms and…READ MORE
CCA’s submission outlines key areas of opportunity and concern in relation to the Senate Select Committee Inquiry into Charitable Fundraising.
CCA welcomes the opportunity to engage with the Senate Select Committee on this very important issue.
CCA is a member of the fixfundraising coalition, has liaised extensively with Justice Connect and supports their submission. Parts of this submission reflect this convergence…READ MORE
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…READ MORE
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…READ MORE
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…READ MORE
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 and supplementary submission highlights the current power imbalance between vested interests that seek political influence for economic gain and charities serving their charitable purpose to strengthen communities. CCA argues against any further restrictions and compliance burdens for charities – who are already well-regulated in relation to what they can and cannot do in regard to exerting political influence. Most importantly charities can only advocate to progress their charitable purpose and serve their communities – and Australia is a better place when they do.
Read CCA’s Supplementary Submission in conjunction with CCA’s full submission to the Senate Select Committee into the Influence of Political Donations.
CCA also provided evidence to the Inquiry’s public hearing on 6 November 2017. Transcript available here, on the Parliament House website.
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…READ MORE
CCA’s submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) expresses concern at the negative impact of the proposed Foreign Influence Transparence Scheme Bill 2017 on many Australian charities. Australian charities are well-regulated by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and the Bill’s broad ‘catch all’ terms threaten to ensnare many charities going about their normal activities in support of their charitable purpose. CCA, as does the Law Council of Australia, calls for an exemption for charities registered with the ACNC…READ MORE
This submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters outlines key areas of concern for the Community Council for Australia (CCA) in relation to changes to the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017…READ MORE
CCA’s submission outlines nine measures the Community Council for Australia (CCA) believes will significantly strengthen Australia’s not-for-profit (NFP) sector and drive real economic savings for government over the coming financial year and beyond.
If Australia is to be a just and fair society where we increase collective ownership of local issues and build flourishing communities, there needs to be a genuine commitment to supporting reforms across the charities and not-for-profit sector from government and other key stakeholders. This is not about providing more funding to the…READ MORE