Civil Society

Civil Society encompasses the diverse range of community services undertaken by 600,000 charities and not-for-profit organisations across Australia, from local sporting clubs, to cultural groups, service clubs and national organisations that operate at a local level.

Demands for the vital services provided by civil society organisations continue to rise. The Australian Government recognises this and is committed to fostering a supportive and productive relationship with these important organisations to ensure services continue for those who need them.

The Department is delivering on the Government’s commitment by streamlining processes for civil society organisations and removing red tape.

This will enable the sector to self-manage and focus more on its work in the community.

To support this work, the Government will establish the independent Civil Society National Centre for Excellence (NCE).  The object of the NCE will be to foster innovation, facilitate education and advocate on behalf of charities and civil society agencies to government.

For further information about the NCE visit the National Centre for Excellence webpage.

The Community Business Partnership will be re-established in 2014–15 to promote a culture of corporate giving and volunteering in Australia.

The Partnership will bring together leaders from the business and community sectors to advise Government about practical strategies to increase and enhance community business partnerships. The Partnership will be chaired by the Prime Minister, with the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Kevin Andrews MP, as Deputy Chair.

For further information about the Partnership visit Community Business Partnership webpage.

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