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CCA provides media commentary on issues important to charities and NFPs and CCA CEO David Crosbie writes fortnightly in Pro Bono News on sector issues. We keep our member CEOs and senior staff up to date via CCA's Daily Diary - a frank daily analysis of the national context, issues and news of interest to charity leaders (all in a two-minute read). Charity leaders who would like to know more, please contact our Partnerships Manager, Deborah Smith, info@communitycouncil.com.au

This brief submission outlines key areas of opportunity and concern in relation to the proposed new thresholds for charities and proposed related party transaction requirements.CCA welcomes the opportunity to engage with The Treasury on this important issue. In general terms, CCA is supportive of the proposed changes, but with the proviso that unintended consequences, including more onerous reporting and potentially restricting in-kind and at cost support to charities, are factored into the implementation of the proposed measures.

Most of us are working for our collective good - a tiny minority are pushing individualism. We can't allow those who seek to divide us to win. Charities can lift us all by showing what happens when we support each other writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 23 September 2021.

Better Government - and better outcomes for our communities - would be well served by more active engagement with charities and communities writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 9 September 2021.

1 September 2021 - The Charities Crisis Cabinet commends the NSW Government for validating the work charities are doing.  The additional level of support is a good first step in leveraging the vital role charities play.  Hopefully other jurisdictions will follow this example and offer increased engagement and support to enable charities to better serve their communities through lockdowns and into recovery.

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.