Netball in Australia (Netball Australia and the State/Territory Netball Associations) is committed to leading social change, strengthening and building capacity and capability in communities and providing innovative and sustainable netball programs to empower women and girls.
An important strategic priority centres on social responsibility and in particular netball’s impact on the social, political, economic, education and health status of women and girls and vibrant relationships with community partners.
Netball Australia augments its interaction with the federal government, members of federal parliament, respective departments and key partners by responding to relevant consultations, roundtables and reviews.
Netball Australia is also a member of the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMMPS), consisting of the following organisations: Australian Football League (AFL); Australian Rugby Union (ARU); Cricket Australia; Football Federation Australia (FFA); National Rugby League (NRL); and Tennis Australia. One of COMPPS’ roles is to provide a collective response on behalf of its member sports where their interests are aligned. These submissions are available on the COMPPS website.
Inquiry into the Contribution of Sport to Indigenous Wellbeing and Mentoring
The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs inquired into the contribution of sport to Indigenous wellbeing and mentoring, with a particular focus on:
- sporting bodies increasing opportunities for Indigenous participation, including opportunities for Indigenous women
- non-government organisations utilising sport as a vehicle to improve outcomes for Indigenous people, and
- the contribution of Indigenous sporting programs, as supplied by:
- the sporting codes
- the private and NGO sectors, and
Federal government assistance to Closing the Gap targets.
National Anti-Racism Partnership and Strategy Discussion Paper
A discussion paper was prepared to stimulate debate, discussion and input to the National Anti-Racism Strategy. To read the discussion paper, click here.
Exposure Draft of Australia’s New National Human Rights Action Plan
The Federal Attorney –General’s Department asked for public comments on the draft National Action Plan. The Action Plan’s focus was guided by the Baseline Study – a report on human rights issues and policy responses in Australia. It builds on and reflects the extensive work by Australian Governments to create an inclusive society.
Statutory Definition of Charity
The Gillard Government announced in the 2011-12 Budget that it would introduce a statutory definition of charity, applicable across all Commonwealth laws. In 2011, the Government released a Paper on the definition of charity as part of a consultation process to provide interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the proposed statutory definition of charity.
In April 2013, a consultation paper about the exposure draft legislation for a statutory definition of charity and the associated consequential and transitional amendments draft legislation were released for comment.
Best Practice Code for Engagement with Not-for-Profits
In March 2013, the Gillard Government released a draft Code of Best Practice for Engagement with the not-for-profit sector. The new Code aims to be a practical reference tool for Not-for-Profit organisations and the Government when engaging on issues of public concern and on policy development.
Not For Profit Sector Tax Concession Working Group
The Not-for-profit Sector Tax Concession Working Group consulted with the community on the whether there are better ways of delivering the current envelope of support provided through tax concessions to the not-for-profit sector by the Australian Government, including Income tax exemption and refundable franking credits; Deductible gift recipients; FBT concessions; GST concessions; and Mutuality, clubs and societies.
Restating and Standardising the Special Conditions for Tax Concession Entities
The Federal Assistant Treasurer released for public consultation a revised exposure draft of legislation that will restate the ‘in Australia’ special conditions for tax concession entities by ensuring that:
- income tax exempt entities generally must be operated principally in Australia and for the broad benefit of the Australian community; and
deductible gift recipients generally must be operated solely in Australia and for the broad benefit of the Australian community.
Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission Implementation Taskforce Discussion Paper
The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) discussion Paper was been released to seek feedback on the functions and operations of the ACNC. The paper discussd the design and implementation of the new reporting framework for charities that will be administered by the ACNC and is a central platform for the Federal Government’s vision of ‘report once-use often’ reporting for the Not-For-Profit sector. The paper also sought comments on the ACNC’s public information portal, and the ACNC’s educative role.
Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission Bill
A Bill for an Act to establish the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and a national regulatory framework for the not-for-profit sector, and for related purposes.
Review of Not-For-Profit Governance Arrangements
The Federal Assistant Treasurer released a consultation paper on current governance arrangements for the Not-For-Profit sector. The Government consulted on what the core organisational governance principles applying to registered Not-For-Profits should be. The outcomes of the governance review will help form the governance requirements for registered entities in the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission legislation.
Consultation Paper – Better Targeting of Not-For-Profit Tax Concessions
The Federal Assistant Treasurer sought public views on possible approaches to implement the Federal Government’s Budget announcement to better target Not-For-Profits tax concessions to the altruistic activities of Not-For-Profits.
National Anti-Corruption Plan
The Federal Attorney-General asked the community to comment on how Australia’s anti-corruption systems can be improved, what are the most important threats and how is Australia vulnerable to those threats, are Australia’s risk mitigation strategies adequate and how they can be improved and are there ways the Government can better educate stakeholders and the public.
Australia in the Asian Century Taskforce
The Australian Government commissioned a White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century. The White Paper involved a comprehensive review of economic and strategic change in Asia and its implications and opportunities for Australia.
Draft Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security
The Federal Government sought input from across Australia about the content of the National Action Plan to integrate gender considerations in all peace and security efforts and support work to eliminate violence against women in fragile, conflict and post-conflict situations where Australia operates.
Second Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022
Further to netball’s attendance at the national roundtable discussion on the Second Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan) in Adelaide on 5 February 2014, Netball Australia provided a written submission predicated on the three key areas highlighted at the roundtable: Achievements Challenges and What’s critical going forward. Netball adds its voice in saying NO to violence.
Inquiry into the prevalence of interactive and online gambling in Australia and gambling advertising