Rebuilding the economy will become the major focus of government post COVID-19. It is within this context that charities will increasingly need to demonstrate their value to communities, to Australia, to our economy writes CCA CEO, David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 16 April 2020.
CCA is pleased the government has recognised the invaluable work being undertaken by 1.3 million Australian charity workers in proposed changes to the JobKeeper Payment going to Parliament this week.
We need to look after each other to look after ourselves. The way we engage with each other in this pandemic can see us grow as individuals and as a community writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 2 April 2020.
CCA is pleased to announce the establishment of the Charities Crisis Cabinet. The Cabinet will be seeking to enable as many charities as possible to survive through this pandemic and contribute to building flourishing communities after the crisis. It will draw on the broader charities sector to provide advice to governments, business, philanthropists and the community. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday.
Dear Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers
This is a very challenging time for all governments in Australia and around the world dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. The health and economic costs are quite staggering. We all understand governments are trying not to create panic and keep the Australian economy turning over, while at the same time seeking to manage this major pandemic.
The Community Council for Australia has called on all Australian governments to look beyond short-term business stimulus and ensure the biggest industry employer in Australia, the charities sector, can maintain their staff through this period of economic uncertainty.
CCA Chair Rev Tim Costello pointed out today; ‘Charities employ more than 1.3 million Australians. That is more than the retail sector, more than agriculture, mining, or any other industry. Charities need certainty if they are to maintain their staff. Governments could help with that certainty by guaranteeing not to cut funding for the next 12 months. A 12-month moratorium on funding cuts would provide increased certainty for charities and boost employment.’
Today the Government has wasted another opportunity to reform Australia’s outdated fundraising laws when it has given its long awaited response to the review of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (Report of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Legislation Review 2018).
The Community Council for Australia has welcomed the government response to the review of the charity regulator – the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission. CCA Chair Tim Costello said, ‘We are pleased to see the government acknowledge the vital role played by charities in Australia, reaffirm its commitment to appropriate regulation, and accept most of the recommendations of the independent review panel. We are concerned that a number of critical recommendations have not been accepted, particularly in relation to fundraising regulations.’
I think it is important to start any discussion about coronavirus with a little perspective.
Each year in Australia, influenza kills on average 3,500 people. The best predictor of who is susceptible is age – 3,000 of these deaths are people aged over 50. Death rates for influenza in Australia are below 0.2 per cent of people who contract the disease. Estimates suggest close to half a million people die each year from influenza worldwide.
As Community Council for Australia begins the work of developing a charities sector blueprint, the issue of how innovation is applied within the charities sector is one of the critical considerations, writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 20 February 2020.