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 Community Council for Australia (CCA) submission briefly outlines some of the key issues for Australia’s not-for-profit sector in response to the Productivity Commission Inquiry Into Introducing Competition And Informed User Choice Into Human Services and the associated discussion paper. It has been prepared with CCA members (see listing of CCA members, Attachment 1) as well as other key organisations working in the broader not-for-profit sector.
CCA held this event before the 2016 Federal election to get views of major party candidates on what they plan to do if elected to ensure a flourishing not-for-profit sector.
It is important to note at the outset that this pre-election survey of CCA members does not represent the views of all CCA members. However, it is a snapshot of opinions from more than 20 significant charities in Australia. CCA believes it is useful in providing a perspective and a starting point for discussions about views across the whole charities and not-for-profit sector. We need to have more honest discussions in our sector about who we support and why, or our issues will not be taken seriously.
Over 100 personalised letters were emailed to the major candidates in 30 marginal electorates. Each letter had a personalised introduction, highlighting issues the candidate had publicly acknowledged as important and listing the specific number of charities in their electorate. The same eight questions were asked of each candidate. The letters requested a response within seven days and were signed by the Chair and CEO of CCA.
This is it – the discussion the whole charities and not-for-profit sector have been asking for since the election was called – a televised National Press Club lunch debate devoted entirely to discussing the future of the charities and not-for-profit sector. This is a very important debate for our sector, our communities and this election campaign – and a time to refocus the talk to be about more than just the economy. Panellists · Shadow Minister Andrew Leigh (ALP) · Senator Rachel Siewert (Greens)