The Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Reform Opportunities paper was released by the Australian Treasury on 15 June. It includes a number of reforms which are positive including an increased role for the ACNC whereby all DGRs could be required to be charities registered and regulated by the ACNC. However, there are also recommendations that focus on charities engagement in advocacy activities.
Community Sector News
We often talk about having the right people on our boards but who should be there? What skills are essential? The importance of a board skills matrix provides a framework to clarify the thinking of your board and have a conversation on who you need at your board table.
Innovation in the workplace is highly sort after, particularly at the moment, so What happens when you innovate for the ‘wrong’ reasons? According to OECD innovation specialist Alex Roberts, nothing really bad, and “at least engaging with innovation may start people or organisations down a path to a more sophisticated innovation approach driven by higher order motivations.” Roberts looks at why we innovate and the benefits that can arise from innovation.
Anti-social media: 4 ways to manage social media and cyber-bullying in the workplace outlines steps that can be taken to minimise legal risk and ensure the workplace is a safe environment for all employees.
ACOSS has released a new version of Improve IT.The website has a range of free resources for people working in not-for-profit organisations who want to make the most of the technology that is available to make their work better and easier. They’re arranged in six groups IT management (IT planning, strategy development and governance); Technology (PCs, infrastructure, servers, hardware, software); Information systems (client information, service delivery, donors and memb
Commissioning Q & A is a series of three information sheets looking at what commissioning is and how it works, the government's and community sector's role in the process and its potential impact within the context of government funded community services sector in NSW.
During an NCOSS Fair Deal Forum last year it was agreed there was a need to develop Principles of Co-design to provide a baseline on what co-design is and how it works. The term is increasingly being used to describe a range of activities and processes in the design of a service or product but there is little consistency in how it is used and what it means. This paper presents the community sector’s perspective on what we have identified as the key elements of co-design.
The Parliamentary Friends of Philanthropy Group will be launched at the Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit. The group was established in May with Labor MP Andrew Leigh and Liberal MP Lucy Wicks as the inaugural chairs. The summit aims to help philanthropy and government understand how they can work together to achieve shared objectives. The two day event will look at philanthropy in tumultuous times and impact through advocacy and policy influence.
From blind-spots to sweet spot, a new report on good governance supported by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) looks at what is required to achieve effective governance. It reflects the perspectives of 100 chairs from government, listed, private and not-for-profit boards.
Social impact bonds: how much evaluation is too much? and Indigenous policy evidence, where it exists, over-relies on anecdotal evidence are looking at different aspects of service evaluation. The first agrees that increased rigour in evaluation is well supported, however it may actually be sucking up service delivery resources. The second refers to a report by the Centre for Independent Stud