Working with Curtin University and National Disability Services, BaxterLawley advisors designed and delivered a program to support disability service organisations better understand their businesses and transition to operating under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
The 2014 NFP Governance and Performance study included eight focus group discussions with senior directors and a survey which attracted over 3,000 respondents.
The CEO and board of this human services organisation needed a new KPI and performance monitoring framework. We worked in collaboration with staff to build the system bottom-up, ensuring full staff engagement and motivation to achieve the new targets. This project resulted in over $500,000 in savings within 6 months.
We were appointed to examine the financial and operational feasibility of establishing a fund for artists with disability to enable greater access to the profession.
In 2016, BaxterLawley, working with Curtin University and NDS, produced a second report on the Australian disability services sector to monitor changes in supply, business conditions and operations to track broad and emerging trends relating to the supply of specialist disability services in Australia.
BaxterLawley, working with Curtin University, produced a landscape report on the Western Australian community sector, covering its size, diversity, sustainability, and economic and social significance. It is the first report of its kind in WA to provide an overview of charities and their role in the community and economy.
In 2017 BaxterLawley was commissioned by the Independent Centre for Not-for-Profit Research (ICANR) to examine planning process issues associated with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and identify alternative methods for developing plans for improving outcomes for NDIS stakeholders .
In May 2016 Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand started a research programme to collect and compile information on the contribution of members to the Not-for-profit (NFP) and charitable sector.
The 2013 study directly examined the notion that governance in the NFP sector was of a lower standard than that in the For profit sector and concluded that standards vary across both sectors - with high and low quality governance evident in both. This study also examined in detail the issues effecting the governance of Disabilty Service providers and Sports organisations.