Policy & Advocacy

As the peak body for philanthropy we actively undertake policy advocacy to support more and better giving in Australia and represent our members on important sector issues. We work closely with Federal and State Governments to develop their understanding of the philanthropic sector, and to promote the development of effective policy frameworks to grow and support giving.  

We also participate in forums where relevant public policy issues are discussed, and collaborate with stakeholders both within the not-for-profit sector and more broadly. You can read our past government submissions here.  

Philanthropy Australia's policy advocacy aims include: 

  • Encouraging and promoting giving in Australia 
  • Developing community understanding of the role and impact of philanthropy in Australia 
  • Increasing understanding within government of the economic, social and cultural significance of Australia’s not-for-profit sector 
  • Working with government to enhance the policy framework for philanthropy and charities  
  • Seeking policy solutions which are practical, future focused and sustainable 

2020 has been an especially significant year for our policy advocacy work, given the critical economic and social impacts COVID-19 has caused both to the charitable sector and the communities we serve. 
To read Philanthropy Australia’s COVID-19 recovery policy platform, click here. For a full compilation of resources relating to COVID-19, click here.  

We also support and encourage our members to engage in their own mission-focused advocacy to influence broader policy and address the systemic causes of complex social and environmental challenges. Members can access our Advocacy Toolkit and additional resources via the Better Giving Hub.  

For more information on our advocacy work, feel free to contact our policy and research team:  

Sarah Wickham, Policy and Research Director  

Isabella Olsson, Policy and Research Officer 

Krystian Seibert, Policy Advisor  

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