An invitation from CCA Chair, Tim Costello

As a sector we need to invest in our future, beyond our own organisations, beyond our own area of activity. We are powerful in economic terms – employing over 1 million Australians – and we are powerful in social terms – holding our communities together in good times and bad. We need to also be powerful advocates for our sector, and that can only happen if we all commit some of our time and resources to our collective future.

CCA is a group of leading organisations who have shown a commitment to strengthen the not-for-profit (NFP) sector in Australia and influence its future. I hope that you can join us.

Where we came from

CCA was established in 2010 when a group of like-minded CEOs in the not-for-profit sector contributed their own resources to create a new organisation that would facilitate collaborative relationships and advocate for a viable and effective not-for-profit sector.

What we've achieved

‘‘Without CCA, I am not sure we would now be operating under a modern definition of charities that acknowledges our right to advocate and still be called a charity. Similarly, I wonder if we would have had anti-gag clauses passed through the Federal parliament; or whether we would all now have to check whether we can maintain our tax concessions when engaging in income producing activities?’

In CCA, leaders find a place where they can come together to influence national policy debate and to work together on owning our future. Our CEO and CFO forums are peer gatherings for big picture discussion. Our Australia We Want national roundtable began our work on moving national policy debate beyond economic units and towards a values driven discussion on the type of society we aspire to and the sector’s role in driving that. And it is members who help us put sector issues centre stage in political and sector-led debates.

Thanks to the financial support of our members, CCA is independent. 

We welcome your involvement and hope that you will join us in ensuring national policy and regulation works for charities and not-for-profts, and not against them… and to further incorporate sector values into the heart of decision-making to create the Australia we want.

Meet our Board and our members.

Become a member

Here's more information about CCA Membership and an application form.  Please contact Deborah Smith, Partnerships Manager, if you have any queries:  02 6198 3435,

Membership fees:

Organisation Turnover

Annual Fee (excluding GST)

Annual Fee (including GST)




$250,000 to $1Million



$1M to $2.5Million



$2.5M to $5Million



$5M to $10Million



$10M to $50Million



> $50M