COMMUNITY COUNCIL FOR AUSTRALIA
We are an independent member-based peak body dedicated to building flourishing communities by enhancing the extraordinary work of Australia’s not-for-profit sector. We do this by changing the way governments, communities and the not-for-profit sector relate to one another. In particular, this includes establishing a regulatory environment that works for community organisations - not against them. Find out more...
This submission outlines key areas of opportunity and concern for the Community Council for Australia (CCA) in relation to the secrecy provisions of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). CCA welcomes the opportunity to engage with The Treasury on this important issue and look forward to ongoing discussions about how transparency of the ACNC decision-making processes might be further enhanced.
With the ongoing pandemic, Australia is not in a great place. Many people are locked down, some are suffering hardship and mental health problems, and there is increased anxiety about our future. Times are tough, and this makes the work of charities even more important to many Australians.
CCA's submission outlines key areas of opportunity and concern for the Community Council for Australia (CCA) in relation to ‘developing a voluntary code for charities to improve the transparency of charitable donations during natural disasters.’ CCA believe this Treasury consultation should at least acknowledge the widespread existing failures in fundraising regulations and make recommendations that do more than bolt another optional requirement on to what we all know is a rusted out seized up dysfunctional set of regulatory processes.
CCA Chair Tim Costello speaks with Fran Kelly on ABC RN about charities concerns at the breathtaking and unnecessary regulatory overreach that the Australian Government is currently seeking to legislate.
Most of us in the charity sector believe in transparency, but it is both hypocritical and ill-informed for this government to argue the community is demanding more transparency from charities in disaster recovery or in any other area, writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 12 August 2021.