We are an independent member-based peak body dedicated to building flourishing communities by enhancing the extraordinary work of Australia’s not-for-profit sector. We do this by changing the way governments, communities and the not-for-profit sector relate to one another.  In particular, this includes establishing a regulatory environment that works for community organisations - not against them. Find out more...

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MEDIA RELEASE 12 April 2022:  Election time is selfie time for almost every political candidate.  And what better selfie to have circulating on social media than a cut through photo of a political candidate visiting a local do-good charity or community group?  

News photographer Mike Bowers has agreed to judge a special weekly award of $2000 for the best ‘poli-pix’ in a competition to encourage more engagement between politicians and their local charities and community groups. The Poli-pix competition is jointly run by the Community Council for Australia and Our Community....

Some governments seek to undermine their own role; they deliberately reduce confidence and trust in the government. As the US has shown us, this is very damaging. We need to respond, writes CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 6 April 2022.

Charities gain few supporters by acting as passive recipients waiting patiently at the door to be let into rooms where the big decisions are already made, writes CCA CEO David Crosbie. An election lead-up is one of those times when we need to put aside reservations, and bravely advocate for our charitable purpose, and solutions to make Australia a better place. Pictures are worth more than 1000 words.

What makes the floods in NSW and QLD even more devastating is that governments knew they were coming and did very little to prepare, writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, who argues it is time charities and community groups were placed at the centre of resilience and recovery. 

As you frame policies to promote a more open, safe and productive community, charities and not-for-profits want to be part of the solution, part of rebuilding our communities and boosting our economy.  We hope you will continue to acknowledge our role and support us in our work to strengthen Australian communities through this pandemic and into the future.