There are range of key themes and recommendations contained in this submission which we consider important in the overall scope of this study. One of the key challenges for the Productivity Commission (Commission) will be to place an appropriate value on a sector which is large and extremely diverse. We recommend that any assessment acknowledge both the direct and indirect contributions of the sector.
The community services sector works within a regulatory environment which is often complex, fragmented and resource intense. It requires not-for-profit entities to navigate and comply with a plethora of regulations from all levels government with differing reporting requirements. UnitingCare Australia believes that a national regulator could make a positive improvement to the current regulatory environment if it were to be set up under the following principles:
• The regulator should be an independent agency;
• The regulator should have an educative/ sector support priority, especially during the early years of its operations;
• The financial and operational information required by the regulator should be accepted by other Government agencies (report once use often principle);
• The financial and operational information required by the regulator should be tiered and proportional; and
• The registration of a charity by a national regulator should be recognised across all other jurisdictions for the purpose of any applicable concessions.
Ms Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia, today welcomed yesterday’s draft Productivity Commission report on the Contribution of the Not-for-Profit Sector.
UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Susan Helyar, welcomed the Compact between the Australian Government and NGOs launched today at Parliament House in Canberra.
UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Susan Helyar, said today that getting access to social security payments in times of crisis was proving too difficult for the people who needed them most.
UnitingCare Australia is disappointed that the Federal Government appears to be backing away from funding long overdue wage increases for low paid community sector workers.
UnitingCare Australia said today the Government’s decision to extend the start date for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission to 1 October should buy time to get the underpinning legislation right.
UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the Government’s decision announced today to postpone important not for profit reform measures until next year.