Not-for-profit sector Archive

Free information sessions for charities and not-for-profits in Victoria during August (19 July 2013)

Information sessions are being held in Victoria during August 2013 to assist charities and organisations in the not-for-profit sector to understand the implications of the new regulatory framework and the operations of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. These

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission six month progress report released (17 July 2013)

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) was established as Australia’s national charity regulator in December 2012. The ACNC has released its report of progress and activities in its first six months of operation. For further information please see:

Reverend Tim Costello to chair G-20’s Civil Society 20 (C20) Steering Group (13 June 2013)

The Australian Government has announced that the Reverend Tim Costello AO will chair the Australian Civil Society 20 (C20) Steering Group. The Australian Government is strongly committed to ensuring that G20 deliberations in Australia next year are fully informed

Not-for-Profit Sector: Freedom to Advocate Bill passes through Federal Parliament (30 May 2013)

The Government’s Not-For-Profit Sector Freedom to Advocate Bill 2013 passed the Federal Parliament on 28 May 2013. The effect of the legislation is to ban the use of gag clauses in Federal Government contracts with the not-for-profit sector. ‘Gag

NFP sector regulation reform: consultation on new statutory definition of ‘charity’ (13 April 2013)

The federal Government has announced the next step in its overhaul of the not-for-profit (NFP) regulatory framework with the start of public consultation on draft legislation for a statutory definition of charity. The aim is to provide greater clarity

Comments sought on draft Code of Best Practice for Engagement with the not-for-profit sector

The Federal Government has released a draft Code of Best Practice for Engagement with the not-for-profit sector. The new Code is intended to be a practical reference tool for Not-for-Profit organisations and the Government when engaging on issues of

Applications for the Australian Government’s Volunteer Grants now open

On 15 March 2013 applications for the Australian Government’s Volunteer Grants opened with $16 million available to community organisations around the country. Eligible not-for-profit community organisations can apply for grants between $1,000 and $5,000 to:  Purchase portable, tangible, small

Australian Government seeks to protect Not-for-profit Sector’s freedom to advocate

The Federal Government has introduced legislation to ban ‘gag’ clauses in federal government contracts with the not-for-profit sector. These clauses have been used in contracts to prevent recipients of funding from speaking out against government policies and funding decisions.

Government Reduces Red Tape for Not-For-Profit Sector (5 March 2013)

The revised Commonwealth Grant Guidelines have been formally launched, said to be set to reduce red tape and improve collaboration between government and the not-for-profit sector. The revised Guidelines require that government agency staff must not seek information from

ACNC Advisory Board appointments (19 February 2013)

Appointments to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Advisory Board have been announced. Mr Robert Fitzgerald AM will be the part-time Chair of the ACNC Advisory Board. Mr Fitzgerald has a diverse background and extensive experience in commerce,