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Productivity Commission to Review the Contribution of the Not-For-Profit Sector

Fri, 20 Mar 2009, 01:15 PM

Joint Media Release: Deputy Prime Minister, Assistant Treasurer, and Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector 17 March 2009

The Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, the Assistant Treasurer, the Hon Chris Bowen MP, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector, Senator the Hon Ursula Stephens, today announced that the Productivity Commission will examine the contribution of the not-for-profit sector to Australian society.

The announcement fulfils an election commitment to maximise the sector's contribution to social inclusion, employment and economic growth, by leveraging off the Productivity Commission's Study.

"Not-for-profit or non-profit organisations are critical to building a fairer and stronger Australia, and enhancing the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of society. The study will be important in informing the delivery and advancement of the Rudd Government's Social Inclusion Agenda," Ms Gillard said.

The Productivity Commission (the Commission) has been asked to assess how the not-for-profit sector's contributions to Australian society are currently measured and whether these measures can be improved.

The Government has also asked the Commission to identify ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of community organisations, and to consider options for improving the delivery of government-funded services by these organisations.

The Commission is required to provide a final report by the end of 2009.

"Any policy reform in this area will be aimed at strengthening the community sector's capacity to deliver services in response to community needs", Mr Bowen said.

"Mr Dennis Trewin AO has been appointed to the Productivity Commission as an Associate Commissioner for this study. Mr Trewin was the Australian Statistician and head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics from July 2000 until January 2007. He has more recently been working as a statistical consultant and has recently completed assignments with the UN, OECD and World Bank."

"The skills and experience of Mr Trewin make him highly suited to the task. In particular, his broad experience and leadership in the application of official statistics to the research and analysis of social issues make him well qualified in the role."

"?The Productivity Commission study will help us gain a greater insight into the valuable work the not-for-profit sector does within our communities and the breadth of services it provides, particularly to those experiencing entrenched disadvantage," Senator Stephens said.

The study will help improve the way in which the not-for-profit sector operates and make it easier for organisations working in the sector to be effective.

As part of the review process, the Commission will provide an opportunity for public participation. All interested parties are invited to make a submission.

To register an interest in the study or to find out more, details are available from the Commission at wwwpc.gov.au or by calling 02 6240 3239.

Click here for the terms of reference for the review.

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