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.

The 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 Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership has been re-established to promote a culture of giving and volunteering in Australia.

The Partnership is chaired by the Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, and the Deputy Chair is the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Scott Morrison MP. The Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, the Hon Christian Porter MP, is a member of the Partnership.

The Partnership brings together community and business leaders to advise the Australian Government on practical strategies to foster a culture of philanthropic giving and investment in Australia.

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

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