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Royal Commission needed to address abuse and neglect against people with disability

Last week, 100 academics signed an open letter to the Prime Minister urging him to hold a Royal Commission into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings.

In March, the Government rejected a recommendation of a cross Party Senate Committee to hold a Royal Commission. 

NCOSS and its members support the call for a Royal Commission, which could:

Family Matters National Week of Action launch (14-20 May)

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. 

NCOSS says... we provided evidence at Staysafe Inquiry

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.

Adaptive directorship - Responding to constant change

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 .

Commonwealth Budget support for social impact investment

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.

Shared value projects - Are they relevant to your organisation?

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.

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