Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 24th February 2017

Not-for-profit Law is working in collaboration with some of Australia's leading professional and peak bodies to improve the state of fundraising regulation in Australia. 

There is variation in the requirements at each stage across Australia’s seven different fundraising regimes: from when and if a fundraising licence is needed; to how long a licence is valid; right through to what must be reported and when.

It can be particularly difficult to navigate these complex laws for smaller groups. For larger ones, resources are redirected from service delivery to compliance and spending on fundraising ‘admin’ a significant deterrent to public giving. 

The proposed three simple steps to achieve fundraising reform are:

  1. Clarification and minor amendments to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) to ensure application to fundraising activities is clear and broad
  2. Repeal of fragmented state and territory fundraising laws, and
  3. Work with regulators and self-regulatory bodies to provide guidance to fundraisers to continue to improve fundraiser conduct.

You can read the full statement, check out other people's #fixfundraising stories and sign up to the campaign.

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On 4 April 2017, the Community Council for Australia with support from Justice Connect hand-delivered an open letter to the Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Minister signed by over 150 charities.


Hundreds of charities band together demanding action on fundraising reform highlighting how Australia’s fundraising regulations actively work against the huge not-for-profit sector. 


The internet provides a means for non-professional media-makers to produce and publish their own video and audio content, as community television and radio have done for several decades. While the web seems to exemplify the principles of media access and diversity championed by the community media sector, it also raises challenges for broadcast community media participants and their online equivalents, not least being the co-opting of the term ‘community media’ by large commercial interests. A symposium held in Melbourne by Open Spectrum Australia (‘Quality/Control’, State Library of Victoria, Oct 2008) brought together people with a wide range of community media experience to discuss this and other issues, particularly the possibilities for greater cooperation between broadcast and online community media participants.

This paper draws on participant contributions at the symposium to explore the relationship between broadcast and online community media. Despite shared values, we identify different, and possibly incompatible, cultures within the two groups. We argue that this disjoint stems from two different systems of control or validation (licensing and networks), as well as producer-centered accounts of community media that are out of sync with the contemporary media environment. Instead, we propose that theory and practice begin to address issues of consumption in relation to community media, including identification, navigation and the notion of ethical choice.