Australia Budget Provides Major Not for Profit Reform – But Few Funds – PROBONO News #NFP #NGO

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Hello and welcome to the latest news update from Pro Bono Australia.

In this special Federal Budget edition we look at just how the Budget affects the Not for Profit sector and in particular the long awaited Charity Regulator.

As well the peak bodies make their responses – from ACOSS, Volunteering Australia and PilchConnect as well as the Aged Care sector.

Also this week as part of Volunteer Week celebrations, new research has found that Australia’s baby boomers look set to boost the ranks of active volunteers over the next few years, with four in every five Australians (82%) aged 50-64 planning to spend time volunteering when they retire. Plus much more

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Ryan Witcombe – Journalist


Reform at Last: Budget Establishes One-Stop NFP Regulator

BUDGET | The Federal Budget includes significant reforms for the Not for Profit sector, including the establishment of a national, one-stop regulator, a tax crackdown on the commercial operation of NFPs, and the introduction of a statutory definition of charity.

NFP Regulator Needs State Government Support

BUDGET | Australia’s first free legal service for the NFP sector, PilchConnect has welcomed the announcement of the independent regulator, but says the states and territory governments need to join the governments reform agenda.

Welfare Reform in a Tight Budget

BUDGET | The 2011 Federal Budget has a strong focus on moving people off welfare and into the workforce, through measures such as providing wage subsidies for the long-term unemployed and tightening the Disability Support Pension – however welfare groups have labeled the ‘get tough’ measures as counter-productive.

No New Funding for Aged Care

BUDGET | The Federal Budget has ignored calls for modest increases in subsidies and left aged care in limbo, according to the peak body for Australia’s Not for Profit aged care service providers.

Dementia Forgotten in Budget Funding

BUDGET | Alzheimer’s Australia says it’s disappointed that dementia has not featured as a priority for funding in the Federal Budget.

Volunteering Isn’t Free – Budget Response

BUDGET | Volunteering Australia has called on the Federal Government to assure the voluntary sector that it will be supported to meet the increasing demands of potential volunteers outlined in the Budget’s welfare reforms.

Boomers Set to Volunteer

Australia’s baby boomers look set to boost the ranks of Australia’s army of active volunteers over the next few years, with new research revealing that four in every five Australians (82%) aged 50-64 plan to spend time volunteering when they retire.

International Corporate Volunteering: Putting Your Skills to Good Use

Sponsored Article | Australian corporate volunteers are using their skills to build the capacity of a range of international programs and promote cultural awareness through Austraining International’s Corporate Volunteering Program.

Funding for Volunteering in Victoria Remains Static: Peak Body

The peak body for volunteering in Victoria says it’s disappointed and concerned that funding for volunteering, revealed in the Victorian State Budget, is to remain static over the next four years.

National Volunteer Week Kicks Off

National Volunteer Week has kicked off with an official launch in Canberra to recognise the contributions of more than 5 million Australian volunteers.

Not for Profit Embraces Viral Video

A new YouTube video showing celebrity chef Matt Moran blowing a fuse over wasted food is apparently a clever creation from ‘food rescue’ Not for Profit organisation OzHarvest.

NFP Leads in Employee Satisfaction Survey

A Melbourne-based Not for Profit organisation has surpassed a number of corporates to lead the way in an employee satisfaction survey.

Australia Sees More Reliable Sustainability Reports

The proportion of GRI sustainability reports in Australia being assured is higher than the global average, according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

NFP Accuses Feds of Ignoring Petition

The Federal Government has been accused of ignoring a petition signed by more than a quarter of a million Australians urging it to take steps to stop sex trafficking of children and young people.

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