Papers, Articles, Reports & Submissions 1995 – 2000
In early 2000, the Australian Government announced a Public Inquiry into the Definition of Charities and Related Organisations. This is WWDA’s Submission to the Inquiry. WWDA’s submission argues that the current definitions of charitable organisations and Public Benevolent Institutions are outdated, conservative, and do not accurately reflect the changing nature of Australian society, or the extent and diversity of work that these organisations are undertaking. The paper argues that it will be important that any framework or criteria developed for the classification of charitable and related organisations, reflect the current social, economic and political climate, and provide scope for the many ideas and methods which drive modern attempts to ‘relieve distress’, and so on. This would include recognition of contemporary methods such as advocacy (systemic and individual) and political action for, and by citizens who have social, cultural, economic, civil and political rights. Many charitable organisations and public benevolent institutions have always served a political purpose. It needs to be expected and accepted that some of these organisations will have a right and proper role as actors in the political processes on behalf of their constituents, whose distress is often exacerbated by these processes. Copyright WWDA 2000.
In February 1999, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women (Senator Jocelyn Newman) announced a Review of the National Women’s Non-Government Organisation’s Funding Program, which is administered by the Commonwealth Office of the Status of Women. Each year under the National Women’s NGO Funding Program, a total of $500,000 is available for funding national women’s organisations. This is a copy of WWDA’s submission to Review of the National Women’s Non-Government Organisation’s Funding Program. WWDA’s Submission addresses a number of issues, including: Gender and Disability; the need for clear NGO Funding Program Objectives; Eligibility for Funding; Mechanisms Which Could Assist Accountability of National Women’s NGO’s; Understanding the Nature of Advocacy; and the Need for Representation of Diversity. Copyright WWDA 1999.
The National Disability Advocacy Program funds 76 advocacy organisations around Australia to assist people with disabilities, their families and carers to participate in community life on an equitable basis and to achieve their rights as citizens. The National Disability Advocacy Program is administered by the Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services. The Advocacy Program was reviewed in late 1996 and this is WWDA’s submission to that Review. The Submission covers a range of issues including: Disability, Public Policy and Advocacy; Gender and Disability; The Government’s Policy Agenda; Program Effectiveness; Cost Effectiveness; Distribution of Resources; Gaps In Services; Duplication In Services; and, Locale of Disability Advocacy Program. Recommendations are included. Copyright WWDA 1996.