Last week marked the Family Matters National Week of Action (14–20 May). The Family Matters campaign is Australia’s national campaign to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture. The National Week of Action raised awareness to harness public engagement and political commitment nationally, and in NSW.
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On Monday 22 May, our CEO, Tracy Howe, gave evidence at the Staysafe (Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety) Inquiry where she addressed committee members and answered their questions around our submission. We focused on supporting the needs of Aboriginal people and communities to obtain driver training and highlighting the range of issues they face in successfully fulfilling the requirements to obtain and retain a driver's licence. We gave evidence along with representatives from Aboriginal Legal Service, the Law Society and Literacy for Life Foundation.
Executive director at KordaMentha Corporate, Heather Brown, in Why culture counts argues that organisational culture is not just something warm and fuzzy but can be defined, measured and improved. She believes an organisat
Better Boards intents this article, Adaptive Directorship: Creating Organisations that Flourish in Unpredictable Environments to look at “what attributes, beyond pure technical skills, individual boards must possess in order to help their organisations thrive in a world that is constantly changing and is, to put it simply, unpredictable.” Rather than presenting ready-made solutions, it aims to present ideas to get people thinking .
Social impact investing, Indigenous evaluation and simpler welfare outlines the Federal Government’s commitments in the 2017-18 Budget to stimulate the local market for impact investing. Over $30m has been committed whereby nearly two-thirds has been set aside for innovative programs, with other monies identified to encourage the market, and to develop and implement evaluation strategies.
The Shared Value Project drives the “adoption and implementation of shared value strategies among leading companies, civil society and government organisations by providing thought leadership, knowledge and networks.” Program membership ($7,500 for NFPs) provides access to knowledge and tools to help organisations upskill internally and leverage their shared value potential.
Every workplace at some point is impacted by death. It can be a colleague loosing their partner or a colleague dying. Death and the workplace: a compassionate way forward for your organisation talks about how to start a conversation that helps everyone work through what can be a very sad and sometimes difficult time.
Fostering innovation: look beyond red tape to organisational culture is aimed at bureaucracies but irrespective of the size of your organisation or purpose, its basis message is relevant, that being, staff capability and culture are vital. It looks at the life cycle of innovation and the key areas that need to be addressed to have a chance of making it happen.
According to Contract News on the ProcurePoint website, from 1 August 2017, “the Procurement Board requires all government agencies to use the Agreement when procuring human services from NGOs. Agencies will use the prescribed template as existing contracts expire.” This refers to all tender processes that involve one or more NGOs (defined as a non-profit organisations that are independent of government). It can also be used where there is a mix of NGOs and for-profit organisations.