Killing red tape is always a boon for every actor in the economy as today’s Australian article demonstrates…

Australia – Red Tape & Compliance Key NFP Issues – Sector Survey Results
ProBono Australia

Australian Not for Profits believe overwhelmingly that the reduction in Government red tape and compliance costs have been the most important initiatives in developing the sector over the past three years.

They also believe engaging with business and capacity building are high priorities for the next Government after the election.

These are the findings of a major Not for Profit sector survey by peak body, the Community Council for Australia and Tomorrow’s Agenda Research Institute and initiated by Pro Bono Australia to investigate the extensive sector reform that has taken place in recent years and the future of that reform.

More than 1500 respondents from the Not for Profit sector took part in the online survey between June 25th and July 25th, 2013.

Almost 60% of those who took part have worked in the NFP sector for more than 10 years.

Overall, survey respondents stated that most of the initiatives introduced over the past three years were important for the sector and the organisations they are associated with.

The survey said respondents also want a mechanism to expand and strengthen partnerships between business and Not for Profit organisations with most supporting a Social Finance Task Force to develop a strategy to increase the capital available to the Not for Profit sector (81.8%).

There was also strong support for social impact bonds and a program to support the development of social enterprises and cooperatives / mutuals delivering public services (62.3%).