How transparent is your policy evidence?

Not-for-profit organisations want to ensure that their policy submissions to current and future governments are effective, and so they rightly look to align their arguments with election promises and policy platforms made public by the major parties, and to time their interactions appropriately within the policy cycle. Beyond those considerations, however, there is perhaps a… Continue reading How transparent is your policy evidence?

IT Governance (and cyber-risk) in your governance framework – Part 2

It is more evident than ever before that information technologies are essential enablers of almost all strategic and operational activities undertaken by associations and charities.  Equally, we must now acknowledge that cyber-risks and cybersecurity concerns present as significant risks for not-for-profit entities. Recognising this, the importance of addressing IT governance and risk management within your… Continue reading IT Governance (and cyber-risk) in your governance framework – Part 2

Cyber-risk in your governance framework – Part 1

Ensuring that your association or charity has established appropriate defences against cyber attack is now a core aspect of risk management. If your organisation has not yet integrated cyber-risk management within your risk management and governance framework, the following checklist may offer some helpful starting points. The issues encompassed in IT risk management and cyber-risk… Continue reading Cyber-risk in your governance framework – Part 1

Modern Slavery – a governance issue for NFP organisations?

Here’s a suggested governance paper for your Board to consider.  Feel free to improve this draft so it meets your organisation’s requirements. The issue Should we address modern slavery and ethical supply chain matters in our governance and policy framework? Recommendation to the Board That the … committee/s be asked to advise on changes to… Continue reading Modern Slavery – a governance issue for NFP organisations?

Budget submission or election advocacy?

With Victorian State Government elections scheduled for November 2018, any budget submissions from Victorian not-for-profit organisations for 2018/19 need to be framed around the election platforms of the parties. Those familiar with the Victoria policy, electoral and budget cycles will know that their budget submissions for 2018-19 are effectively election platform submissions. Initial Forward Estimates… Continue reading Budget submission or election advocacy?

Should we make a submission?

Not-for-profit organisations often have opportunities to make submissions in response to inquiries and reviews, and many spend considerable effort in preparing and lodging responses to these. The question of whether to make a submission may best be addressed by reference to a few principles, framed as simple questions. We can learn from the Tasmanian Government… Continue reading Should we make a submission?

Advocacy Campaign Planning Checkup

Does your association or charity have an advocacy issue that needs a campaign plan?  If so, you may find the checklist below of some assistance.  Alternatively, you may already be involved in a campaign and looking for ways to enhance your plans. Short-term and simple advocacy goals may not warrant a campaign plan, although achievement… Continue reading Advocacy Campaign Planning Checkup

Lobbying and advocacy in the spotlight

Most associations and charities are represented by their senior leaders rather than ex-politicians within professional lobbying firms, and so the code of conduct may not apply directly to your organisation, however, it would be prudent to monitor the debate on the revised code to see what implications may arise for your advocacy work. 

Trust in the 21st Century

‘Trust’ is a concept with which associations and charities have had a long and close relationship.  The professions, in particular, have long recognised that the asymmetry of knowledge between practitioners and their clients/patients places a special ethical burden on them to always act with the interests of their clients as their top priority.  Regrettably, some… Continue reading Trust in the 21st Century