Not-for-profit News October 2017

News and events for people who work in the Victorian community or not-for-profit sector.
  • News from Community Sector Capacity Building

    Our resources have moved

    There's a range of helpful publications and resources available online to support the Victorian not-for-profit community sector to strengthen capacity, governance and sustainability. Please bear with us while we continue to improve, update and load our resources onto the new website available at Not-for-profit organisations.

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  • Information from State Government

    Make a submission to the Red Tape Commissioner

    Regulation can be important in protecting people and in protecting the public interest. However, poorly designed regulation and inefficient implementation can also: 

    • Make it more difficult to do business
    • require people to do unnecessary and costly things, in some cases for several regulators
    • waste peoples’ time – things take unreasonably long.

    If requirements are unnecessary, excessive and costly, people can’t use this time and resources to create business and employ Victorians. The Government will enforce a 25 per cent red tape reduction target and make sure all government agencies report on their progress. This will make it easier for people to create and do business. To do this, the Government wants your feedback on where there are problems, and your ideas on better ways of doing things. This includes not-for-profit organisations in Victoria.

    Have a look at the existing Red Tape Issues List, then read about, and make a submission to the Red Tape Commissioner.

  • Information from the Community Sector

    New Impact Investing Website- Social Impact Hub

    The Impact Investing Hub (a website) has been created to map Australian impact investing and help connect investors with investment opportunities. The website will support the growth of the Australian impact investment sector, and in so doing, help finance solutions to some of our most challenging social and environmental issues.

    The Impact Investing Hub aims to connect potential investors, investees, and intermediaries in the Australian impact investing community.

    Sustainable Regions Grants now open- NAB Foundation

    The NAB Foundation is now open for applications for the Sustainable Regions Grants. These grants are for initiatives that include, but are not limited to those that address water quality, climate change and biodiversity enhancement. Grant amounts start from $100,000 to $1,000,000 and are paid over a maximum period of up to three years.

    The program aims to support the development and implementation of regional approaches

    • Strengthen co-ordination and collaboration between environmental groups, business, landholders and government
    • involve the community in practical on-ground action to improve the environment and
    • implement regional solutions to environmental challenges.

    Applications close: 5pm Friday 27 October 2017.

    For eligibilty, guidelines and more information read about Sustainable Regions Grants

    Social enterprise: help design a new legal structure- Not for Profit Law

    The Centre for Social Impact Swinburne and Justice Connect are seeking social entrepreneurs to participate in two workshops. The workshops will use the latest co-design methodology to develop prototypes for a new legal model. The objective of the workshops is to understand the challenges encountered by social enterprises making decisions regarding legal structures and then understanding what type of legal structures – including international models – suit the diverse needs of social enterprises.

    The workshop dates are: 13 October 2017 and 27 October 2017. Limited places are available so please register quickly.

    Register for workshop/s to help design the ideal legal structure for social enterprises