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?
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
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’ 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
I believe that third sector policy workers are a community of interest who share certain norms, values and understandings, but that this could be enhanced by increased dialogue and sharing of experience amongst practitioners.
Even if your not-for-profit organisation does not wish to provide feedback on these drafts, you may find it helpful to review these resources with a view to updating your risk register before the new requirements take effect early next year.
What is ‘at stake’ when we debate policy options is one of the key dimensions for argument, especially when there are differences of opinion about what ‘good’ is sought from the implementation of a proposed policy measure.