The Australian Government is exploring ways to develop a new and stronger relationship with the not-for-profit sector, based on partnership and respect.
One way to do this is through an Australian Compact—an agreement between the Australian Government and the not-for-profit sector that outlines how the two will work together to improve and strengthen their relationship, now and into the future.
A compact could also provide a platform for discussion and agreement between the Australian Government and the sector about how to achieve objectives that will benefit the community.
Similar agreements are in place in many Australian states and territories and have been used overseas.
Exactly what an Australian Compact will look like will depend on what Australia wants it to achieve and what will best suit Australia’s unique government and non profit landscape. The compact could include, but is not limited to:
* a statement of mutual roles and responsibilities
* plans for sector sustainability
* frameworks for dialogue and policy development
* collaboration on industry issues
* regulatory reform.
The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) is consulting widely to seek the initial views of community organisations and users of community services about the idea of an Australian Compact.
Aug. 28, 2008
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