The ACNC has released the most comprehensive record to date of charities registered with Australia’s charities regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC), in 2015. The Australian charities report 2015 is a joint project include the Social Policy Research Centre (UNSW) and Centre for Social Impact at UNSW. It builds a more accurate picture of charities’ characteristics, structure, activities, purpose and resources than previo
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To tell the whole story of how Australian society is faring there is agreement that more than financial measures need to be considered particularly if we want to go beyond material needs. Australia’s Social Pulse builds on existing Australian social statistics and aims to provide a cohesive, consistent and reliable source that tracks our social progress to enable us to determine if we are improving social outcomes, addressing complex social problems and strengthening society.
The Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Tydd, has been appointed as the NSW Open Data Advocate. In this role she has identified three priorities in relation to the release of data by NSW government agencies in ways that are respectful of data sharing safeguards. These are
1 – Guide agencies and citizens in promoting the availability of open access data
2 – Contribute to the development of indicators and measures to better recognise the most effective Open Data practices
3 – Promote Open Data as a cornerstone of Open Government.
The Federal Government has released Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan. The plan focuses on: transparency and accountability in business; open data and digital transformation; access to government information; integrity in the public sector; and public participation and engagement.
The Federal Government has released the findings and recommendations of the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into Australia's Intellectual Property (IP) arrangements.
The final report has highlighted a number of areas in which the current Australian IP regime falls short. The Federal Government has agreed to further consultation on the final report's recommendations. Consultation closes on 14 February 2017.
The Australian Consumer Law Review Interim Report confirms that Australian Consumer Law provisions do apply to NFP fundraising and have a section dedicated to this, with questions for public consultation. (See p12-13 of report) NFP fundraising was not included in the original issues paper but the fundraising reform coalition (ie ACOSS, Justice Connect, etc) were able to have it incorporated into the next phase of consultation.
In Moving From Pass/Fail to Continuous Progress and Education Decision-makers Need More Timely, Actionable Data the articles put the case for offering better early support for struggling families, child welfare services to reduce the need for more serious interventions down the line and improve the wellbeing of whole neighbourhoods.
UTS Shopfront works on free community projects with small to medium sized non-profit organisations in the community sector by providing postgraduate students or students in the final year of their undergraduate degree using their disciplinary skills and as part of their coursework. The deadline for 2017 Coursework Community Projects is 31 January for Semester 1 (March to June) and 31 June for Semester 2 (July to November).
Social impact investing is not just about Social Investment Bonds. In When Nonprofits Become Market Innovators, Social Returns Are Exponential draws on the experience of Family Health International and the lesions they learnt from the experience.
Nominations are open for the 2017 Telstra Business Awards and Australians are encouraged to recognise brilliant charities by nominating them in the recently introduced Charity Award. Charities are defined as ACNC registered with DGR status, between one and 200 employees and an annual income of between $250,000 and $10 million. To nominate a charity click here. Nominees must submit their entries between Monday 30 January 2016 and Thursday 16 March 2016.