The not-for-profit sector is too important to the Australian economy to be neglected in the forthcoming Federal budget.  Talk about support for the sector is cheap – real investment that strengthens the sector is what is needed’ says Community Council for Australia CEO, David Crosbie.

Speaking at the release of the CCA pre-budget submission, Mr Crosbie pointed out that the charities and not-for-profit sector is critical to the economy and to all Australian communities.

David Crosbie, CEO of the Community Council for Australia has welcomed the decision by the Australian Senate to support implementation of the new definition of charity; ‘today’s outcome is a victory for common sense that will benefit charities across Australia now and into the future. The charities sector welcomes the support of the Australian Senate.’

The government’s Bill seeking to delay the start date of the new charities legislation has not passed the Senate. The new definition of charity legislated six months ago will now be implemented from 1/1/14.

These terms of reference outline the role and function of the National Commission of Audit (NCA) - focusing primarily on the role of government, what it should or should not be involved in, return on government spending, identifying potential savings, duplication and waste. Given many charities and not-for-profit organisations receive government funding, the NCA findings will be critical not only in terms of red tape and compliance costs imposed by the government, but also in terms of where the role of charities and not-for-profit organisations should be expanded or reduced.

CCA is preparing a submission for the Commission of Audit in consultation with CCA members.

THE DIRECTOR July 26, 2013


Article by MICHAEL PASCOE published in the SMH on 2/9/13

Kevin Andrews’ last big contribution to Australian public life was when he was Immigration Minister and totally botched the Dr Mohamed Haneef case, defaming and wrongly imprisoning the innocent doctor. The indications are that he intends to pick up in the style with which he left off, this time as Family and Human Services Minister.

Media Release

The Hon Kevin Andrews MP
Shadow Minister for Families, Housing and Human Services

Sunday 1 September 2013

Desperation has now seen Labor launch a scare campaign about the not-for-profit sector. The Coalition released its policy over a year ago and it seems Labor has now caught up with our plan to cut red tape and make life for the sector easier.



Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus

Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury





Today we saw another indication that the Coalition will seek to ignore the not-for-profit sector and silence them from speaking out against the savage cuts they have planned.


Labor banned the use of the Howard Government’s ‘gag clauses’ at a Federal level and established the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).


Article by Prof Myles McGregor-Lowndes published in ProBono 3/9/13

Has there been a  sneaky ‘roll back’ of the regulatory role of the ACNC back to the ATO or just another complicating legislative tax issue, asksProfessor Myles McGregor-Lowndes,

Article by ROYCE MILLAR published front page of the Age and other Fairfax outlets September 01, 2013

If Tony Abbott is elected prime minister on Saturday he will abolish the watchdog established by Labor to keep an eye on the billions of dollars received and spent by Australian charities each year. Why?

Media release issued 1/8/13 following the first meeting of the C20 steering group

Australian civil society representatives have met for the first time to discuss how best to contribute to high-level policy decisions at next year’s G20 Summit in Brisbane.

“The importance of sustainable economic growth as a means of reducing inequality must be front-of-mind for global economic decision-makers, because inequality not only impacts those most disadvantaged in society, it also stifles global productivity,” World Vision Australia CEO Tim Costello said.