National Centre for Excellence

The Australian Government has committed to support the vital work of charities and not-for-profit organisations.

In March 2014 the Department engaged the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) to provide advice on the best models for an independent Civil Society National Centre for Excellence (NCE). CSI researched best practice and undertook stakeholder consultation before providing a final report to the office of the former Minister for Social Services, the Hon Kevin Andrews MP, on 24 September 2014. 

CSI published the Civil Society National Centre for Excellence Consultation and Engagement, Final Report on their website on 30 April 2015.  The report proposes the National Centre for Excellence should:

  • Focus investment on the capacity of a network of existing organisations rather than establish a new organisation.
  • Focus on “what works” (social outcomes, evidence and measurement), growing and enabling collaborative approaches, and capacity development for civil society organisations.
  • Be resourced using a model that creates independence from Government and sustainability for the longer term.
  • Complement the ACNC rather than replace it.
  • Be established through a one-off endowment of $100 million, potentially to be raised through a ten-year government bond.

The Government will consider the recommendations of the Final Report in the context of how best to support the not-for-profit sector.

For more information on the NCE visit the Civil Society Centre website.

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