Written from personal experience, this Governance Matters blog explores the idea that Ambiguity (is) the culprit when things go awry. Their experience tells them that “the vast majority of board members are dedicated and committed people, desperate to do the best possible job, eager to serve on an effective, successful and respected board.” But, when things go bad it is often the result of a lack of clarity.
Community Sector News
Govt co-design ‘not an equal partnership’: Aboriginal health CEO. “Co-design with community groups cannot work if government asks for input after the big decisions have already been made or rush consultation” you would think is stating the obvious. Unfortunately this reflects the experience of a peak Aboriginal health body who were given two days to respond to a draft family violence plan the size of a PhD.
Two articles Human services overhaul: PC proposal hinges on stewardship and Game Changing Report for Human Service Provision. The Productivity Commission’s draft report recommends major reforms to human services areas. According to Pro Bono News some in the social sector believe it could prove to be a “game changer”.
Five ways to tell if you’re REALLY doing strategy is the second in a series of articles by Nicholas Gruen on strategy. It explores the preconditions of good strategic thinking for organisations as well as the relationship between goal setting and strategic thinking.
The article from Clayton Utz is written for the corporate sector however it is equally relevant to the NFP sector. Bullying at the boardroom table can now go to the Fair Work Commission. Under the legislation, directors are classed as "workers" in relation to anti-bullying laws and can get anti-bullying orders from the Fair Work Commission.
In the light of Susan Pascoe’s departure and the possibility that the ACNC’s future is once again under threat, The Long Road to Charity Reform may be even longer than Robert Fitzgerald suggested in his interview for Pro Bono News.
Karen Mahlab writes of the departure of Susan Pascoe from the ACNC with deep concern. In Transparency + Trust = ACNC she points out the achievements of the ACNC and questions why a very new conservative minister, Assistant Minister Michael Sukkar, has not renewed her contract despite never having met her and has provided no explanation for his decision.
There have been Calls to Support Charity Regulator as ACNC Commissioner Steps Aside. Susan Pascoe,who won the 2016 Leadership in Government Award for Outstanding Contribution in Public Administration in November last year highlighting her leadership and professionalism, will step down from her role as Commissioner of the ACNC.
“The not-for-profit sector performs a vital role delivering services that meet important social needs.It provides a voice for some of our most disadvantaged groups and individuals.” The Case For Mandating Governance Training For NFP Boards is based on the need to ensure these boards have proper governance principles and processes in place to protect the organisation, its staff and most importantly its clients as well as its obligation
Salvation Army’s national Economic Social Impact Survey 2017 has been released exploring “the challenges, barriers, and levels of disadvantage experienced by people accessing our Emergency Relief services.” Its key finding relate to cost of living, housing and homelessness, access to employment (including access to enough hours of employment), wellbeing and the impact these issues have on children.