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.
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.
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.
This was the third and final report of the evaluation of the impact of this initiative. It provided insight into the impact of the reforms and made recommendations for government and sector response.
We were appointed by the board of this large professional services organisation to evaluate the financial and operating performance of the organisation, its operating environment and competitors. Constructed an evidence-based strategic plan for the next five years, then worked with staff to develop operational plans and KPIs.
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.
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.
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.
In partnership with the Independent Centre of Applied Not-for-profit Research and Anglicare Australia, in June 2017 BaxterLawley produced a report that identifies key issues facing Australian NFPs in relation to financial reporting, in the context of the national discussion on on Australian Accounting Standards and their impact on the sector.