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Uncertainty the enemy of efficiency

Mar 19, 2014, 09:00 AM by Anglicare Australia

In the lead-up to ‘Repeal Day’ next week and the abolition of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), Anglicare Australia has raised concerns over the uncertainty of the NFP sector’s future – both for staff and clients.

“Ongoing uncertainty for vital public programs and moves to abolish the ACNC show government is not yet working in partnership with the sector,” Anglicare Australia executive director, Kasy Chambers said today.

“As an independent regulator, the ACNC is already ensuring greater transparency and accountability, and reducing red tape. It has the support of the vast majority of organisations in the sector, as shown in last year’s Pro Bono survey1 and the signatories of the Community Council of Australia open letter today.

“The repeal of the ACNC will simply recreate more bureaucracy, lessen protection for the public and add unnecessarily to the workload of community service providers. It will also create uncertainty as there is no clear replacement. Uncertainty is the biggest enemy of efficiency, as big business tells us.

“A far greater concern for Anglicare Australia, and other NFPs, is the uncertainty around continued funding for programs such as the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness and the Family Support Program, which are due to expire on 30 June.

“To deliver the most effective community support you need to be able to keep your best staff, and maintain trust with the people you are working with. Both these goals are undermined when funding is so completely uncertain.

“Anglicare agencies want to continue to play a strong role supporting people in their communities who are doing it tough. We are all keen to maintain a positive relationship with government.

“Backward steps on independent regulation of our sector and ongoing uncertainty on vital programs show little respect for the sector and the work that we do; providing the perfect climate for many in our community to be left behind."

1 Pro Bono sector survey found 81% support for the ACNC.