NSW Treasury released the NSW Government Commissioning and Contestability Policy and the Practice Guide in late 2016. Written for NSW Government Agencies they include valuable information on the purpose and aims of the policy, how agencies are expected to conduct the commissioning process in NSW, where contestability sits
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Jeff Kennett talking about mental health in the workplace argues that a CEO's pay should be linked to the mental health of that organisation. He believes it is good sense, commercially and socially, and leads to a happier workplace.
Moving toward a better future for measurement asks the question: If we get to a future “where continuous learning becomes a core management tool; where …(we)… stop giving grants and start funding experiments”; data, learning, and knowledge is openly and widely shared; and clients and communities are involved in identifying need and developing strategies and review.
The new code, developed by ACWA, sets out the ethical and professional guidelines for the community sector. ACWA's Practical Ethics Series and Professional Practice Series include resources to help workers understand how to apply the Code in their practice including addressing the unethical behaviour of a colleague; and understanding professional boundaries.
Good360 partnered with HLB Mann Judd to survey 650 charities nationally to find out what goods charities need but cannot afford to purchase. 53% of the respondents were from the community service sector.
The survey found that whilst household goods fell into the highest category for unaffordable goods, approximately a quarter were dependant on donated office supplies to run their organisation.
Data from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission’s 2015 Annual Information Statements is now available at data.gov.au. The dataset includes governance and financial information for more than 46,000 registered charities for the 2015 reporting year, in most cases 1 July 2014 – 30 June 2015. The dataset will be updated as late Annual Information Statements are received.
If your organisation or charity is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and are still to lodge your 2016 Annual Information Statement, it may now be overdue.
For charities operating on a standard reporting period (1 July to 30 June), the 2016 Annual Information Statement was due on 31 January 2017. If your statement is overdue, lodge now to avoid consequences.
The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) at the end of 2016 released a new Commissioner’s Interpretation Statement to help charities better understand how the ACNC interprets the law as it relates to Public Benevolent Institutions (PBI) when it is considering applications from organisations apply to access PBI tax benefits.
Public Benevolent Institutions are a particular type of charity set up to help relieve poverty, sickness, disadvantage and suffering.
The election of Donald Trump has raised some interesting questions around “facts” and “truth”. Persuasion in a “Post-Truth” World argues that in this environment it is even more important to support our facts with smart storytelling that builds empathy with those people who are affected by the issue.