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

This week the Gillard Government moved a step closer to supporting the Social and Community Sector equal pay case saying it will provide ‘fair and appropriate supplementation’ to help support any phased in pay increase Fair Work Australia may award.

Also, the final report on the scoping study for a national NFP regulator has been released and the Community Council for Australia calls for a $2 million threshold to be applied to a proposed new taxation regulation on Not for Profit organisations to help protect small charities.

Is text-to-donate being replaced by newer tools to fundraise using mobile phones? Take our Instant Poll on the sector’s use of new mobile phone technology.

Our news service is updated regularly online, so if you want to know what’s happening before your weekly update arrives in the inbox, just visit www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news

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Lina Caneva – Editor, Karen Mahlab – Founder
Ryan Witcombe – Journalist

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Government Commits to Support Sector on Equal Pay

The Gillard Government has moved a step closer to supporting the Social and Community Sector equal pay case saying will provide ‘fair and appropriate supplementation’ to help support any phased in pay increase Fair Work Australia may award.

Govt Releases Final Report on NFP Regulator

The Federal Government has released the Final report on the scoping study for a national NFP regulator – opting for a single regulator for all Australian Not for Profits.

Call for Tax Threshold to Protect Small Charities

The Community Council for Australia has called for a $2 million threshold to be applied to a proposed new taxation regulation on Not for Profit organisations to help protect small charities.


Mobile Phone Giving – More Than Just a Text

A new US report finds a growing trend toward Not for Profit adoption of mobile phone giving and other donor campaigns using smartphones and mobile devices – a trend that is going beyond the simple SMS text-to-give model.


Aid Organisations Welcome Release of Major Aid Review

Australian aid and development organisations have welcomed the Federal Government’s new aid plan, which has been released following an Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness.

Single Voice for Aged Care Providers

The national peak body for Not for Profit aged care providers, Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) has announced plans to pursue a merger with the for-profit peak, Aged Care Association Australia (ACAA).

Fuel Vouchers for Aussie Volunteers

The popular ‘Vouchers for Volunteers’ program is on again, with Australian Not for Profit organisations able to apply for free fuel vouchers from BP.

Mental Health Consumer Body Launched
The Gillard Government is to provide up to $4 million to establish a National Mental Health Consumer Organisation, the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler has announced.


Foodbank Opens in the WA Goldfields

Australia’s first purpose built Foodbank opened in the heart of Western Australia’s Goldfields this week.

Investing In Civil Society – UK Report

There is a serious need for tailor-made laws and regulations to recognise the special characteristics of social and community finance investment offerings and activity in the UK, according to a new report.

Demand for Social Housing for Older Australians Set to Double

With Australians aged 55 and over making up almost 20% of the nation’s homeless people, the demand for social housing for older Australians is expected to double by 2028, according to the Federal Government.

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