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Exclusive news and analysis on the things that matter from the voices of Australia's social sector


  • Where Not for Profits Fear to Tread

    11/12/2017 Duração: 31min

    A new report commissioned by Pro Bono Australia in partnership with the Human Rights Law Centre, has found that not for profits are on a path of quiet advocacy. The Civil Voices research showed that to a greater or lesser degree civil society organisations are engaging in various forms of “self silencing” – treading very carefully in their advocacy work, less they risk financial security and political retribution. In this episode of Not for Podcast: Where Not for Profits Fear to Tread, we unpack the report and look at the current state of not-for-profit advocacy in Australia, and how it compares to a decade ago. The latest research is framed against Australia Institute’s 2004 report, Silencing Dissent: Non-government organisations, which detailed the growing fears across the NGO sector concerning their right to advocate in the public policy domains, and more broadly about their changing role in the democratic process. A lot has happened in the 13 years since that report was published including changes to the

  • The NDIS – One Year On

    28/06/2017 Duração: 29min

    As we approach the first anniversary of the national rollout and the fourth anniversary since the scheme was introduced in the trial sites, we look back at the highs and lows of the last 12 months, and whether the scheme is on track to deliver on it’s promise. The first of July 2016 marked the beginning of the national rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The $22 billion a year scheme, which doubles the level of public funding for disability,  is Australia’s biggest social policy project since Medicare. It promised to put people with disability in the driver’s seat, and give them more choice and control. But is the reality living up to the expectation? In this episode, we speak to the agency responsible for running the scheme, the peak body for service providers, Christian Porter talks to us about the teething problems and we hear from people with disability about whether the market can deliver what they need. Download the transcript here. Featured in this episode: Maryanne Diamond, the gener

  • Housing the Homeless - The Pathway

    03/04/2017 Duração: 27min

      Whether you think of housing as a prevention or a cure for homelessness, it is undisputable that having a stable form of shelter is imperative. But making sure that everyone has a house is no easy feat. Australia is currently in the middle of a housing crisis. There is a lack of affordable housing and according to the experts there has been a lack of investment in public housing by successive governments over decades. So how do we increase the capacity of affordable housing? In the third and final episode of our series, Housing the Homeless: The Pathway, we talk to experts from the banking and property sectors, as well as people with lived experience to find out what needs to be done. Download the transcript here. Featured in this episode: Andrew Cairns, CEO of Community Sector Banking Robert Pradolin, former general manager of Frasers Property Australia Simon, who has lived experience of being homeless. David Spriggs, CEO of Infoxchange, the company behind Ask Izzy.   Produced by Ellie Cooper and Wendy W

  • Housing the Homeless: The Solution

    27/03/2017 Duração: 26min

    Homelessness is a broad term which encompasses a diverse range of people and experiences, but in it’s simplest form, it is the state of having no home. In Australia an increasing number of people are finding themselves in this state due in part to a lack of affordable housing, which can both lead to homelessness and further entrench it. While there is no silver bullet for homelessness, a number of solutions are now putting housing first, based on the belief that housing is a human right. In the second episode of our three-part series, Housing the Homeless: The Solution, we explore whether a housing-led approach is the best solution to homelessness. We talk to the father of the housing first model and hear from people who have lived and worked it. Download the transcript here. Featured in this episode: Dr Sam Tsemberis, the founder and executive director of Pathways to Housing Chris Bratchford, Mission Australia housing executive Cheryl, Common Ground tenant Professor Guy Johnson, Unison Professor of Urban H

  • Housing the Homeless: The Cause

    20/03/2017 Duração: 26min

    Homelessness is not a choice. But for many it is a reality. On any given night one in 200 people in Australia are homeless. And the problem is getting worse. In the last few years the number of people seeking help from homelessness services has been increasing faster than population growth. While there are many causes of homelessness, an acute shortage of affordable housing is pushing up the numbers. At a time when more than 105,000 people are homeless, crisis accommodation services are turning away more than half of all those seeking new accommodation, public housing stock has declined and there are rumours that the National Affordable Housing Agreement could be scrapped in May’s budget. In a three-part series Housing the Homeless, we explore the role housing, or a lack thereof, is having on homelessness and whether putting housing first could be the key to solving the problem. In this first episode, The Cause, we speak to sector experts and people who have experienced homelessness personally, to find out wh

  • How to Social Enterprise: Scale

    13/02/2017 Duração: 27min

    Social entrepreneurs may dream of changing the world, but to make a dent in the most pressing social and environmental issues, they need to achieve scale. Find out how in the final episode of our three-part series. Scale is one of the hardest challenges a social enterprise will face. Even the most successful entrepreneurs have struggled to grow their operations and impact. In the final How to Social Enterprise episode, Not for Podcast speaks to a handful of these entrepreneurs about how they achieved scale. From finance to business models to grassroots campaigns, they all have a unique story and different lessons to pass on. But they all agree that, at every point in the social enterprise journey, an entrepreneur should plan for scale. Featured in this episode: Jamie Green, founder of ONE NIGHT STAND Rebecca Scott, CEO and co-founder of STREAT   Adam Makepeace, senior manager, employment and training services at 180 Painting Services Daniel Flynn, co-founder and managing director of Thankyou. Produced by El

  • How to Social Enterprise: Skills

    06/02/2017 Duração: 27min

    Find out what it takes to set up and run a social enterprise in the second episode of our three-part podcast series. In the first episode of How to Social Enterprise, Motivations, we looked at the why of the social enterprise model and who should consider going down that pathway. In Skills we ask whether combining a business brain with a charity heart requires a unique skill set to get started. Not for Podcast spoke to social entrepreneurs about what they learnt along their social enterprise journey, what worked, what didn't and what would they change if they could do it all again. Featured in this episode: Will Dayble, founder of Fitzroy Academy Alastair Pryor, founder of Totes Making a Diff and Compact Shelters Simon Griffiths, co-founder of Ripple, Shebeen and Who Gives a Crap Ben Robb, finance and strategy volunteer at ASRC Catering and ASRC Cleaning Adrian Watts, CEO of National Health Co-op Stay tuned for episode three, How to Social Enterprise: Scale – to find out how ultra-successful entrepreneurs

  • How to Social Enterprise: Motivations

    30/01/2017 Duração: 25min

    Have you ever thought about setting up a social enterprise? Find out whether it’s right for you and  in the first episode in our three-part series Featured in this episode: Social Change Central co-founder Anne Lennon The Difference Incubator CEO and co-founder Bessi Graham Social Traders head of investment and advisory Libby Ward-Christie YGAP co-founder and CEO Elliot Costello Produced by Ellie Cooper and Wendy Williams, brought to you by Social Ventures Australia.

  • Green Nation: Reimagining Climate Change

    08/12/2016 Duração: 25min

    When it comes to climate change action, looking to the next century, while essential, is difficult to do. But in this episode of Not for Podcast we envision a green future and find out what it will take to get there. Short-termism is one of the biggest barriers to overcome in the fight against climate change, given that electoral terms only last several years, corporations are driven by short-term profit, and society is increasingly focused on the here and now. But climate scientists warn that failure to act immediately - and radically - with a long-term vision is allowing the future impacts of climate change to compound. In the third and final episode of Green Nation, Reimagining Climate Change, we speak to experts thinking beyond this century and ask, what will the world look like in the future?   Download the transcript here. Featured in this episode: Dr Pep Canadell, executive director of the Global Carbon Project and CSIRO research scientist Tom Quinn, executive director of the Future Business Council D

  • Green Nation: People Power

    29/11/2016 Duração: 26min

    Halting climate change sounds like an insurmountable task, but solutions are emerging everywhere. Renewable energies, such as wind and solar, are being installed at a record rate and are more affordable than ever. Rural towns are in a race to become the first zero-emission community. Not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises and cooperatives are supporting everyday Australians to find and fund their own solutions. In People Power, the second episode of the three-part Green Nation series, Not for Podcast explores the initiatives behind this movement for change. Download the transcript here.  Featured in this episode: Alicia Webb, Clean Energy Council director of large-scale energy Richard Lovell, Clean Energy Finance Corporation head of corporate and project finance Dan Musil, Earthworker Cooperative secretary   Emlyn Keane, Evergen director of operations Tosh Szatow, Energy for the People director Produced by Ellie Cooper and Wendy Williams.

  • Green Nation: The Fight Against Climate Change

    22/11/2016 Duração: 27min

    Climate change has been described as the most difficult problem human society has ever faced. But in the face of influential vested interests and governments that seem slow to respond, the social sector plays a vital role. Global warming is happening now – from the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef to bushfires to the mega-storm that caused a blackout across South Australia. Leading scientists say there is no time to waste in saving the planet. But Australia’s carbon footprint is anything but insignificant. We’re the world’s largest coal exporter, one of the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters, and the largest emitter per person of any country in the developed world. In The Fight Against Climate Change, the first episode of the Green Nation three-part series, Not for Podcast investigates the importance of civil society in agitating for change. Download the transcript here. Featured in this episode: Professor Will Steffen, climate change expert and researcher at the ANU, and a councilor at the Climate C

  • Australia’s True Colours: Our Shared Culture

    27/10/2016 Duração: 25min

    For those who've come across the seas, we've boundless plains to share – or so says our national anthem. But what really happens after migrants and refugees arrive in Australia? Australia is one of the most multicultural nations on earth, but a major survey found, despite widely shared values, many people struggle to feel accepted within mainstream society. The survey, called Australians Today from the Scanlon Foundation, is the largest survey ever undertaken of those born in Australia and immigrants. The highest levels of discrimination were reported by those born overseas and of non-English-speaking background. And while the majority of Australians support immigration, 40 per cent consider it too high. This is despite psychologists and scientists finding integration actually strengthens national culture. In the final episode of Australia’s True Colours, Not for Podcast investigates integration at home and overseas, to find out how we can thrive as a multicultural country. Download the transcript here.  Feat

  • Australia's True Colours: On the Borderline

    18/10/2016 Duração: 26min

    Contemporary Australia is the product of multiple waves of immigration, but now anti-immigration sentiment is on the rise. Today, almost half of Australians have a parent born overseas and more than a quarter of the population were born overseas themselves. In a recent speech, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said every Australian benefited from the diversity that is at the heart of the nation. But a look back at Australia’s history shows that our immigration policy has not always been so welcoming. Policies of multiculturalism are mixed up with those giving clear, preferential treatment to some nations over others. Now a new wave of Islamophobia is rising, with anti-immigration political parties like One Nation Party, once confined to the margins, garnering support. In the second episode in a three-part series, Australia’s True Colours, Not for Podcast investigates how racist ideology can infiltrate the immigration debate, right through to our policies. Download the transcript here. Featured in this episode:

  • Australia's True Colours: What Is Racism?

    11/10/2016 Duração: 26min

    In a striking contradiction, Australia is held up the world over as both a shining example of a multicultural success story and as a nation that is racist and hostile to immigrants. Australia’s racism has roots in its history of colonisation and migration, and, until recent years, racist policies and practices were embedded within Australian laws and institutions, and the debate has become tied up with national identity. In the first episode in a three-part series, Australia’s True Colours, Not for Podcast investigates what racism is and where it comes from to ultimately find out, is Australia racist? Download the transcript here. Featured in this episode: Albert Atkin, author of The Philosophy of Race Neil Levi, senior researcher at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at Oxford University Priscilla Brice, founder and managing director of All Together Now, Australia’s only national racism prevention charity Kevin Dunn, the dean of the School of Social Science and Psychology at Western Sydney University.

  • Revenge Porn Exposed

    13/09/2016 Duração: 27min

    Jurisdictions across the country are slowly cracking down on revenge porn – a form of online sexual abuse which affects as many as one in 10 Australians. But is it being taken seriously enough? Revenge porn is the publication of explicit material portraying someone who has not consented for the image or video to be shared. It’s fast becoming an entrenched part of our culture of sex and relationships and can leave victims feeling violated and ashamed. Until recently there has been little or no support from the justice system. And once material is out there, it is near impossible to get it back. Only South Australia and Victoria have have made it an offence, but a raft of new legislation is being introduced across the country to criminalise cyber stalking and revenge porn and bring the laws into the digital age. On Sunday, Western Australia became the fourth state to join the national crackdown, following an announcement the week before from New South Wales. But many have said there should be a federal response

  • Discrediting Online Gambling

    30/08/2016 Duração: 26min

    Australians are the biggest gamblers in the world, losing more money per adult on gambling than any other developed country. The average loss for each Australian who gambled was $1,500, according to a government inquiry in 2010. It also found the costs to problem gamblers ranged from $4.7 billion to $8.4 billion, and the number of Australians categorised as “problem gamblers” was around 115,000. Digital technology is making the problem worse, and online gambling is now a booming industry, with offshore outlets circumventing Australian law. Compounding the problem are banks that allow Australians to use their credit cards to fund online gambling activities, meaning people can spend far more money than they can afford, leading to unsustainable debt, financial insecurity and a range of social issues. In this episode of Not for Podcast, special contributor Rachel Alembakis, founder and publisher of The Sustainability Report, follows a group of responsible investors, consumer rights advocates and financial counse

  • The Purpose of Plebiscite

    16/08/2016 Duração: 27min

    In this episode of Not for Podcast, Pro Bono Australia investigates whether the question of same-sex marriage should be put to the people or go straight to Parliament. The Abbott government first committed to a plebiscite on same-sex marriage a year ago, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was firm on the issue in his election campaign. It’s now been pushed back to next year, and many groups are determined to take it off the table all together. It’s going to be expensive, with estimated costs of $160 million, and many people fear it could be divisive, leading to a hate campaign. Another sticking point is the non-binding result, meaning politicians will be free to disregard public opinion and stick to their own. Yet, many feel all Australians should be given a chance to have their say. In Purpose of Plebiscite, academics, politicians and advocates debate the issue, while a mental health expert explains the impact on the LGBTI community. Download the transcript here. Featured in this episode: Dr Ryan Goss seni

  • The New NDIS Players

    02/08/2016 Duração: 31min

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme is worth $22 billion a year and it’s estimated it will create a $16 billion contestable market, providing a huge business opportunity for new service providers. The National Disability Insurance Agency told Pro Bono Australia News in the months before the 1 July rollout, the number of registered providers grew by more than 1,000, bringing the total number to more than 3,500. There are rumours that large corporations like Bupa and Serco are circling the wagons, experts have said there is an influx of sole traders leaving the Not for Profits they work for and the scheme is touted as a golden opportunity for innovative, social start-ups. But how much is known about the new providers? Are they driven by profit or purpose? What regulations are in place? And how well will the NDIS market give people with disability choice and control?  In the final episode of the three-part series, Not for Podcast investigates The New NDIS Players. Download the transcript here. Featured in t

  • Who’s Missing Out on the NDIS?

    19/07/2016 Duração: 29min

    On 1 July the nation-wide rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme began. By the time it’s fully implemented in 2019 it’s estimated 460,000 people with disability will receive a support package. The $22-billion-per-year scheme, twice the size of the previous system, has been largely welcomed by the disability sector, promising more support for more people.  But not all Australians with disability will benefit – some will be eligible but won’t receive the support they are entitled to, while others simply aren’t covered despite having “significant and ongoing support needs”. In the second episode of a three-part series, Not for Podcast investigates Who’s Missing Out on the NDIS? Download the transcript here. Featured in this episode: Professor Karen Fisher, from the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales Damian Griffis, CEO of First Peoples Disability Network. Laura Collister, director of Mental Health Services, Research and Development at MI Fellowship Sarah Saunders, ch

  • Is Disability NDIS Ready?

    07/07/2016 Duração: 25min

    Ready or not, the National Disability Insurance Scheme was rolled out nationwide on 1 July. The $22 billion per year scheme – which doubles the level of public funding for disability – is Australia’s biggest social policy project since Medicare. It promises to put people with disability in the driver’s seat by offering more choice and control, and it’s been widely welcomed by the sector. But transitioning to a new system is not without teething problems, both for service providers and people with disability. Can Not for Profits stand out in a competitive market? Do people with disability know their rights? How do they navigate the system? And can the national agency overseeing the system cope with the mammoth task? In the first episode of a three-part series, Not for Podcast investigates whether the sector is NDIS ready. Download the transcript here. Featured in this episode: Natasha Hudson, CEO and founder of Coforte Consulting, assisting organisations to become NDIS ready Liz Forsyth, general manager of cu

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