Victorian not-for-profit sector reform
2010 Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC) Inquiry - Victoria's regulatory framework
On 13 July 2010 the Victorian Treasurer, John Lenders, announced that the VCEC would conduct an inquiry into Victoria's regulatory framework. The Commission was asked to identify areas of regulation (including regulation of the not-for-profit sector) that should be reformed as a matter of priority, and the scope to improve the institutional framework that influences regulatory reform.
PilchConnect made a submission to the Inquiry which outlined problems with the current regulatory regime and highlighted what we think are opportunities for the Victorian Government to make a real and lasting difference. In particular, by working with the Commonwealth Government on establishing a new, 'one-stop shop' regulator for incorporation, fundraising and charitable endorsement.
The Commission released the final report on 5 March 2012. In particular, recommendation 7.1 states that there should be Government targets for reducing regulatory burden, including for the not-for-profit sector.
2009 Victorian Government - Early Childhood Development Sector Consultation
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development consulted with key stakekholders into reducing the 'red tape' on schools and early childhood development providers.
The submissions received are intended to informed the Victorian Government about the experiences of the early childhood development sector into working with current Commonwealth, State and Local Government regulations.
A program of reviews wasundertaken by the Victorian Government in the second half of 2009.
2008 Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry - Public service information
2008 Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into improving access to Victorian public sector information and data
PilchConnect made a submission to the Economic Development and Infrastructure Joint Investigatory Committee of the Victorian Parliament in relation to its inquiry into improving access to Victorian public sector information and data. Our submission focused on the positive impact the release of public sector information could have for Victoria's significant not-for-profit (NFP) sector.
In particular, the submission recommended that the Victorian Government consider making the information it collects about NFP organisations freely available to the public via on-line searching. The submission drew the Committee's attention to the support provided by government to 'Guidestar' applications (free, online, fully searchable databases of NFP information) in other jurisdictions such as UK (see guidestar). The submission also drew attention to the fact that the imposition of charges for the release of public sector information impacts heavily on the NFP sector and urged the government to consider the NFP sector when looking at release pricing options. Our submission was cross-endorsed by the Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS).
2007 Victorian State Services Authority (SSA) - Not-for-profit regulation review
2007 Victorian Government - Stronger Community Organisations Project (SCOP)