The Australian Government this week kicked off discussions on a new Code for consultation with the Not-for Profit (NFP) sector.
Minister for Social Inclusion Mark Butler said the Consultation Code will be a practical guide to effective ongoing consultation between the Government and the NFP Sector and will sit under the National Compact: working together.
“The Government has asked the Reform Council, headed by former Queensland Attorney-General Linda Lavarch, to lead workshops with the sector,” Mr Butler said.
Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury said the Government would also use these consultations to start a discussion about governance within the sector.
“Our approach in developing a set of principle-based minimum governance standards will be to start by asking the sector what works,” said Mr Bradbury. “We know that there are a number of governance codes already being used by the sector to run strong and effective organisations.”
The Government will also bring together sector stakeholders and governance experts and examine similar sets of standards from other jurisdictions in developing the principle-based standards under the ACNC Act. These will come into force from July 2013.
The Commonwealth will also continue its work with the States and Territories on governance standards through COAG’s NFP Reform Working Group.
Workshops are being conducted between 17 October and 1 November 2012 in all capital cities and Port Hedland. For organisations unable to attend the workshops, an online forum will also be open for three weeks on the same website.