National Centre for Excellence
The Australian Government has committed to establish an independent Civil Society National Centre for Excellence (NCE) to support the vital work of charities and not-for-profit organisations.
The NCE will help build the capacity of these organisations by, for example, supporting innovation, collaboration, education and training, representation and advocacy and working to reduce reporting and red tape.
It will also represent the interests of charities and not-for-profits to government, without increased compliance burdens.
The Government has engaged the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) to provide advice on the best models for the NCE. CSI will research best practice and undertake stakeholder consultation before providing an interim report to government in July. The report will inform a second round of consultation on the preferred model. A final report will be provided to government in September 2014.
For more information on the NCE and to participate in the stakeholder consultation, visit the Civil Society Centre website.
More information is also available in the media release from the Hon Kevin Andrews MP, Minister for Social Services.