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Supporting Disability Services Providers responding to the Royal Commission

We are working with lawyers, Thompson Geer to provide support for organisations involved in the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.  This is an important and far reaching review that has the potential to achieve long overdue support for vulnerable people living with disability. We will be providing regular updates and briefings for Boards, CEOs and Senior Executives.

2019 AICD Governance and Performance Study

This is the tenth year of the AICD NFP Governance and Performance Study.  This is the world's largest longitudinal study of governance and has been undertaken by BaxterLawley for the last eight years.

2018 AICD Not-for-Profit Governance and Performance Study

Now in its ninth year, AICD’s ‘Not-for-Profit Governance and Performance Study’ is the largest survey of its kind in Australia, with 2022 respondents and national focus groups across the country. This year’s study explored current and emerging issues facing the sector including cybersecurity, innovation, financial viability and culture. The Study canvases a range of perspectives taken by boards in response to contemporary challenges which directors from any sector cannot afford to ignore, including innovation, cybersecurity and culture. These are governance issues which push boards to focus their energies beyond traditional metrics for performance. Perhaps they were not commonplace on board…

Collaborations and strategic restructuring for Not-for-profits – NDS

This innovative e-learning resource was developed by BaxterLawley for NDS on the topic of COLLABORATIONS AND STRATEGIC RESTRUCTURING FOR NOT-FOR-PROFITS (course videos available here).   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. Presented by Penny Knight, David Gilchrist and Scott Bywaters of Baxter Lawley, the series combines the best of existing knowledge and theory on collaborations and strategic restructuring, presenting the material in a succinct format that is quick and easy to understand. It also provides a body…

Analysing Time: Guide to Understanding Key Elements of Workforce Costs Under the NDIS – NDS

This report was co-authored by Scott Bywaters. The NDIS will have a workforce impact associated with the expansion of demand as more people living with disabilities enter the system. Efficiency in this is critical to allow organisations to grow and it is an important element in overcoming an expected shortfall in workforce capacity due to increasing demand. This guide concentrates on the organisation’s perspective and specifically on the mechanics of workforce utilisation – the factors affecting the availability and use of workers. By describing, from a utilisation and management perspective, the different elements that comprise working time, this guide is…

Value of the Not-for-profit Sector – NTCOSS

This report was commissioned by the Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS)  to provides a first summary of the available data on charities with their head office located in the Northern Territory (NT) and to place the sector in context within the NT economy. It aims to provide sector leaders, government policy makers and donors with information to support their decision-making, and to encourage the use and further development of data on the sector.

2017 AICD Not-for-profit Governance and Performance Study

Over the last eight years, the AICD’s NFP Governance and Performance Study has challenged perceptions about the standard of governance across the sector. The research has shown that despite the manifold challenges involved in NFP governance – in achieving mission success with limited funding and facing a complex operational environment – NFP boards have performed with distinction, belying any belief that governance is lagging the for-proft sector.

Australia’s Disability Services Sector 2017 – NDS

This is the second report of the Market Design and Evolution for Better Outcomes Research Program (also known as the Disability Services National Benchmarking Project). It provides a snapshot of the changes in the financial performance of a Panel of 154 disability service providers (providers) between 2014/15 and 2015/16 as they transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

2016 AICD Not-for-profit Governance and Performance Study

For the fifth year, BaxterLawley has undertaken the NFP Governance and Performance Study with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  This research is sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank and is the largest study of governance in Australia.  The 2016 study reveals, for the first time, the profit margins and targets of NFPs, and challenges director's expectations of financial performance.  We also examine performance measurement and the relationship between the NFP sector and governments.  The report was launched in Sydney by Susan Pascoe AM, Commissioner, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

Governance Evaluation

BaxterLawley undertook an evaluation of the current governance structures and processes for this $50m aged care provider, identified key risks and provided clear recommendations for improvement. All recommendations were subsequently implemented by the board.

Governance and Performance Study 2013 – AICD

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.