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Amendments to the Privacy Act introducing the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme has commenced. The NDB scheme applies to all organisations currently required to take steps to secure personal information, including but not limited to businesses and not-for-profit organisations with an annual turnover of $3 million, health service providers,

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The result of a joint research project by RMIT and CPA Australia, this report identifies and assesses the dynamics among the key motivations, risks, barriers and opportunities associated with mergers and acquisitions in the Australian not-for-profit human services sector.

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The report Digital Technology for The Not-For-Profit Sector in 2018, by Connecting Up, TechSoup New Zealand and Infoxchange, shows not-for-profits struggling to maintain their overall productivity and provide the holistic services depended upon by millions.

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Concerns about Australian charities rose by 42% in 2017, according to a new report released by the national charity regulator. The Charity Compliance Report 2017, produced by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), reported that almost 1,700 concerns were raised about charities in 2017, up from 1,192 complaints in 2016.

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Gary Johns has long criticised the charity sector for a lack of transparency and critics are concerned he is going to take a view on what an efficient and effective charity. As Commissioner he says he is seeking "to educate the public about the effectiveness and outcomes of our 55,000 registered charities",

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This ABC's Focus episode looks at why fundraising has become so aggressive, and if charities need to reinvent themselves and merge with others. Taking part in this discussion is CEO of Anglicare WA Ian Carter, Volunteering WA CEO Tina Williams and Nicholas Hookway, a sociology lecturer at the University of Tasmania.

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The 2018 Report on Government Services is now available online. The report is a vital tool in holding all Australian governments accountable for the effectiveness and efficiency of government services.

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GiveEasy Innovation Index is a national research study on innovation for non-profits, charities and social organisations in Australia. To join the research, take ten minutes to answer a series of questions about innovation in your organisation. The more people respond, the more valuable the insights are for your charity and the non-profit sector.

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Food insecurity – or the lack of access to sufficient food – is not something that just affects developing nations, according to QUT researcher Dr Carol Richards. Writing in The Conversation, Dr Richards said this month’s Foodbank report, Fighting Hunger in Australia, showed around 15 per cent of Australians had experienced food insecurity

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This new fact sheet from Justice Connect’s Not-for-profit Law covers mediation and its benefits, the kinds of disputes that can be mediated, how to find and choose a mediator, how to prepare for mediation, what happens during mediation, and what to do if mediation doesn't work.

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The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has pushed for new powers to regulate charities’ “effective use of resources” under controversial new commissioner Gary Johns. The charities sector is up in arms over the proposal, seen as a bid to control how charities spend their money

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A co-operative is a type of incorporated legal structure that may be suitable for some not-for-profit organisations. This new fact sheet from Justice Connect’s Not-for-profit Law provides information on setting up a group as a co-operative in Australia.

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Properly thanking your new donors is the first step to building a lasting relationship with them. Start the year off on the right foot with this Guide from Network for Good, which outlines best practices, expert advice, and real-life lessons.

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A state government inquiry into the NSW branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia has recommended senior executives at the organisation should complete governance courses with the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA). FIA CEO Rob Edwards says that he was not surprised to see that the report contained clear recommendations

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The latest podcast from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) features a discussion about how charities and businesses can work together to form mutually beneficial corporate partnerships. It looks at the opportunities corporate partnerships provide, as well as tips for charities looking to work with a business to form a partnership.

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Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) recently hosted a Cyber Security Workshop for NGO heads and IT staff, featuring cyber security expert Keith Price (Black Swan Group) and Stuart Hutcheon (StewartBrown), who spoke about the rising threat of hacking and what measures organisations can take in order to avoid falling prey to cyber attacks.

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Gifts, wills, bequests and endowments can provide significant (and sometimes unexpected) income to charities and not-for-profits. Not-for-profit Law's new fact sheet below explains what to do when offered a gift, bequest or endowment and whether you need to accept the gift, bequest or endowment; gifts/bequests/endowments with conditions,

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The Australian Council of Social Service has cautioned that the upcoming Federal Budget must continue to strengthen public revenue to secure vital community services and supports into the future, rather than squander billions on unjustified tax cuts.

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Access to financial products and services, and employment status are key factors in the decline in the number of Australians who feel financially secure, according to Parts 2 and 3 of Financial Resilience in Australia, a report released by Centre for Social Impact (CSI) at UNSW Sydney in partnership with NAB. 

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National not-for-profit Good Shepherd Microfinance has made a move into online lending with the support of NAB to launch Speckle, a fast online cash-loan which offers a better alternative for people seeking small cash loans under $2,000.

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KPMG's Census Insights explore the shifting trends in Australia's lifestyle habits by analysing the data provided in the 2016 National Census. In this first report, demographer Bernard Salt and KPMG Partner Cassandra Hogan explore the rise of energy poverty, which continues to be driven by the rising cost of energy supply.

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In this new episode of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)’s Charity Chat, Ian Parry, Senior Manager of Compliance at the ACNC, speaks about charities handling conflicts of interest. Ian briefly explains what a conflict of interest is before talking about the importance of being able to identify and manage them appropriately

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A string of government policies and practices has created a culture in which charities in Australia are “self-silencing” for fear of risking their financial security or attracting political retribution, according to a major report.

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Polling commissioned by the Fred Hollows Foundation for the ‘Hands Off Our Charities’ alliance has found that Australians are opposed to new laws which will restrict the voice of charities, with the Government facing an uphill battle with its own supporters.

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Two Feet is an accelerator program developed by The Difference Incubator (TDi) for enterprises looking to do good and make money. Applications are open for the next Sydney intake, which will run from May to July 2018.

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The crisis in trust in Australia's institutions has deepened, according to the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer, a global survey on institutional trust conducted by public relations firm Edelman. The barometer has registered declines in trust in all four institutional groups it covers – government, media, business and NGOs.

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Donations growth has improved since NAB’s last report. Giving to charity grew 1.4% over the year to August 2017, after falling -1.0% over the year to February 2017. In a longer term context, charitable giving has grown by around 37% since NAB first started compiling this report in 2010.