There is an opportunity for charities to be more involved in addressing challenges across our communities, but we need to acknowledge that taking on new challenges is not a cost-free exercise, and our staff need support, writes CCA CEO, David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 26 August 2021.

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.

Charities are rising to the challenges - let us be part of the solution

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.

Dear Prime Minister, We believe there are six issues that could quickly and effectively be addressed should your government choose to prioritise the needs of communities facing lockdowns across Australia. Charities large and small are a critical part of Australia’s economic and social infrastructure, especially in times of emergency or crisis.  You have recognised this role in some of the measures put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we welcome this recognition.

In focusing more on short-term political expediency and media management of issues, governments push aside good policy practices. Our wellbeing, our society and our future are the losers, writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 27 July 2021.

If charities fail to participate as advocates in the political process, the real losers of the next election will be the communities we serve writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 17 June 2021.

Charities need to invest in monitoring, evaluating, and identifying failure. Anything less would make charities not much better than a government in denial that anything is wrong. And in many ways, that is so much worse than failure writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 3 June 2021