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Report finds NFP directors struggling with cybersecurity

SPONSORED: Not-for-profit company directors are failing to engage with cybersecurity at their own peril, a report warns. The Australian Institute of company Directors (AICD) July 2018 Not for Profit Governance and Performance Study found that not enough attention is being paid to cybersecurity by directors, with more than half saying it is not an operational issue or not considered regular…

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Stepping up for equal pay

SPONSORED: The IEU continues its fight for equal pay for early childhood teachers this Saturday at its conference Stepping Up for Equal Pay, which reinforces the message that early childhood teachers deserve a pay rise. Read the original article posted here or continue reading below.

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Where in Australia are the federal public servants?

SPONSORED: Inner-city centres on the east coast have amassed the greatest share of Australia's new public service jobs under the Coalition government as outer suburbs, bush towns and Canberra took cuts to their ranks of bureaucrats. Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane's CBDs have grown their proportion of the nation's federal public service employment since the change of government in 2013 that…

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Why NFPs should invest in outcome measurement tools

SPONSORED: The third Working Paper by Grant Thornton Australia and the University of Western Australia analyses the sector’s measurement reporting. With outcome measurement so crucial to the not-for-profit sector, organisations are increasingly in need of practical skills to assist in managing and reporting results. Grant Thornton Australia and the University of Western Australia (UWA) Business School have provided practical information…

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NDIS budget could compromise disability service providers

Originally published by Gabriela Di Perna on 18 June in ProBono news  in Pro Bono Australia, Not-for-profit disability services providers in Australia are being left wondering if they can afford to be true to their mission, writes Gabriela Di Perna, principal at Baxter Lawley. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has led to individualised funding for people with a disability,…

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New e-learning video modules by BaxterLawley now available: tinyurl.com/y7nmehrl

This innovative e-learning resource was developed by BaxterLawley for NDS on the topic of collaborations and strategic restructuring for not-for-profits (click here to go to main resource page).   The course provides a step-by-step framework for determining whether organisations should be collaborating or undertaking a major restructure, such as a merger with another organisation, and how that might best be undertaken.…

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Doubts over NDIS pricing add to uncertainty for disabled

Originally published by David Gilchrist on 4 May 2018 in The West (print edition). The recent publication of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Independent Price Review, undertaken by consulting firm McKinsey, has failed to grasp the issues faced by people living with complex disability and their service providers. This has increased the risk faced by people with complex disability as…

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Susan Pascoe Joins BaxterLawley as NFP Consultant

Originally published by Lina Caneva on 8 November 2017 in Pro Bono Australia. The former head of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), Susan Pascoe AM, has joined national consulting firm BaxterLawley – adding to her hefty portfolio of new appointments since leaving the commission in September. Melbourne-based Pascoe will take up a full-time paid position with Perth-based BaxterLawley which specialises in…

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Media Statement (03/11/2017) – Inaugural ACNC Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM, Joins BaxterLawley

Inaugural ACNC Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM, Joins BaxterLawley. Susan Pascoe AM, the inaugural commissioner for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC), has joined national consulting firm BaxterLawley. Susan Pascoe AM has built a solid reputation for sector leadership following her universally acclaimed work at the ACNC, where her leadership and drive has left the ACNC well-placed to pursue its…

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2017 NFP Governance and Performance Study: Building long-term strength

This was a BaxterLawley report led by Penny Knight. Originally published on 5 September 2017 by AICD. The NFP Governance and Performance Study highlights the key themes, challenges and opportunities currently facing the sector. The 2017 edition of the study remains the largest survey of its kind in Australia with 2,000 survey respondents and dozens of directors involved in focus…

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Construction set to begin on Mandurah’s new youth health facility

This was a BaxterLawley report led by Scott Bywaters. Originally published by Nathan Hondroson 9 October 2017 in Mandurah Mail. The ground has been broken at the site of the new $9.2 million Peel Youth Medical Service’s (PYMS) Youth Health Hub, with construction expected to begin within weeks. At a ceremony on Friday staff from non-profit GP down south, which is behind…

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Time to focus on Culture as NFPs face a Complex Future

Originally published on 5 September 2017 by AICD. A landmark study, released today by the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has revealed that while many not-for-profits have strong organisational cultures, most lack formal processes to measure or manage their culture. The annual NFP Governance & Performance Study provides a snapshot of how the sector is faring, as well as lessons…

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NDIS Pricing – New Research Confirms Risks to Service Users

Originally published by David Gilchrist on 19 September 2017 in Pro Bono Australia. If the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is going to deliver, it will have to adjust its pricing model, writes University of Western Australia Professor David Gilchrist following the launch of the second report of the National Disability Benchmarking study. The NDIS is a critical part of the…

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NDIS sees disability groups cut care

Originally published by Rick Morton on 13 September 2017 in The Australian. Major disability service providers such as CatholicCare Sydney are shutting down or getting out of the business because they cannot make a profit under a pricing regime set by the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme. New research from the University of Western Australia shows profits among small…

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The NDIS Must Maintain Separation

Originally published by Jackie Softly on 4 July 2017 in Pro Bono Australia. If the National Disability Insurance Scheme is to devolve its planning role to other organisations, it would make sense to utilise peer support people and organisations’ expertise rather than expose scheme participants to the inherent risks of planning by providers, writes Jackie Softly, disability advocate and the mother of…

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NDIS – Time to Save Money and Deliver on a Promise

Originally published by David Gilchrist on 15 June 2017 in Pro Bono Australia. Republished in The Mandarin on 28 June 2017. There is considerable support for a modified planning process for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, writes Dr David Gilchrist as he unpacks his latest research, released on Thursday. The NDIS is expensive and risky – at full roll out it…

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WA should not rush to dump disability model

Originally published by David Gilchrist on 18 April 2017 in The West Australian. People living with disability in WA bear the risk of any service model. Unfortunately, this risk has recently increased because we are once again tossing up between a national model and the current WA arrangements. The national model is a risky venture because we don’t know how…

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There are more useful questions to ask than whether Australia has ‘too many’ charities

Originally published by David Gilchrist and Penny Knight on 27 March 2017 in The Conversation. Republished on 28 March 2017 in The West Australian. The question of how many charities Australia should have is a recurring topic of debate. But it is not necessarily clear that it is really the key question to be asking. A better one may be:…

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First contract essential to getting the NDIS right

Originally published by Kymberly Martin on 1 March 2017 in Freedom2Live. Getting the original client service plans right is fundamental to getting the NDIS right. This was the view of Penny Knight from the Curtin University Not-for-Profit initiative.  Speaking to F2L at the NDS NSW 2017 Conference, Knight said the first contract sets the benchmark for the following contracts.Who is…

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Getting the NDIS Over the Line

Originally published by David Gilchrist and Penny Knight on 9 September 2016 in Pro Bono Australia. The NDIS presents huge opportunities but also poses huge risks. Penny Knight and Professor David Gilchrist, from Curtin's Not-for-profit Initiative, explain why there is a stronger chance for success if key players work together. The NDIS represents a great opportunity for Australians living with…

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What will the disability landscape look like under NDIS?

Prof David Gilchrist speaks on the future of the Australian Disability Services Sector under the NDIS for Pro Bono.  To hear the full podcast, click here Pro Bono Podcast 3 August.  

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Responding to Today’s Socio-Economic Climate

Arguably, over the last five or so years, the Australian Not-for-profit and Charitable Sector has faced more change than it has faced over the preceding 200 or so years of its existence in this country. This change has occurred in response to a number of pressures but has been primarily driven by a significant change in the perception of the…

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If you can’t measure it …

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” Variants of this quotation and are attributed to Austrian-born American management consultant, educator and author Peter F Drucker, a man described as "the founder of modern management". Whether or not you subscribe to this binary view, our day-to-day experiences tell us that well defined and consistently collected data (both quantitative and…

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Understanding the NDIS: the challenges disability service providers face in a market-based system

Originally published by David Gilchrist on 1 July 2016 in The Conversation. On July 1 2016, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) moved from a trial phase to a full national roll-out. In this series on Understanding the NDIS, we explore how the scheme works, why Australia needs it, and the issues to be addressed before eligible Australians, such as…

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The baby and the bathwater: let’s keep the NDIS but slow down its roll-out

Originally published by David Gilchrist on 27 August 2015 in The Conversation. Former Treasury secretary Martin Parkinson has expressed doubts about the financial viability of the National Disability Scheme (NDIS), which is being trialled in various locations around Australia. But the scheme is a significant step forward for this country and it’s too early to throw out the baby with…

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High expectations

Originally published by Domini Stuart on 1 December 2014 in Company Director Magazine (Australian Institute of Company Directors). The next 12 months are expected to bring significant change, more challenges and place greater demands on the not-for­-profit sector, writes Domini Stuart. The Australian not­for­profit (NFP) sector makes a massive contribution to the Australian economy. According to the Curtin Charities 2013…

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Directors’ Confidence in Federal Government Slumps

Originally published by Xavier Smerdon on 5 November 2014 in Pro Bono Australia. Directors’ confidence in the Federal Coalition Government, including Not for Profit Directors, has slumped to its lowest level since its election in September 2013, according to the latest Director Sentiment Index (DSI). The Index released by the  Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) shows almost half of…

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Not-for-Profit Governance Study results revealed

Originally published on 5 November 2014 on Associations Forum. After surveying more than 2 700 directors of not-for-profit organisations, the Australian Institute of Company Directors has released the findings of Australia’s biggest study on not-for-profit governance. The NFP Governance and Performance Study was conducted by research firm BaxterLawley and found that more than 30 per cent of not-for-profits have discussed…

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Not for profit sector considers mergers and seeks certainty in government policy

Originally published on 24 October 2014 as an AICD media release. More  than  30  per  cent  of  Australia’s  not-for-profit  organisations  (NFP)  have  discussed mergers in the past year as the NFP sector seeks to improve its efficiency and expand the services it offers to users. This is one of the key findings of the latest NFP Governance and Performance Study conducted…

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Marketing Disability Services – Focus on What Works

Originally published by Lina Caneva on 2 September 2014 in Pro Bono Australia. There’s a pressing need to clarify the jargon and to understand the unique nature of marketing in the disability sector - which is entirely different to marketing in any other industry writes Penny Knight, Research Director with the Curtin Not-for-profit Initiative. I was at a conference recently…

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