Media Release by Hon Kevin Andrews MP

Delivering on our commitments to strengthen civil society

The Abbott Government is honouring its election commitments to support the community sector as part of the 2014-15 Federal Budget.

The Budget is part of the Government’s Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia.

The Abbott Government will invest $6.0 million over four years to re-establish the Community Business Partnership in 2014 to promote a culture of giving and volunteering in Australia.

This partnership will see government, community and business leaders come together to develop practical strategies to unlock Australia’s full potential for philanthropy and reduce unnecessary regulation.

The community sector is the engine room from which strong and resilient communities are built, and when empowered, develop their own solutions and respond to individuals’ and community needs.

The Government will deliver on its commitment to abolish the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission, which created unnecessary and duplicative red-tape burden for a charitable and not-for-profit sector that is already highly regulated by government.

The Government is making decisions that repair the Budget, strengthen the economy and prepare Australia for the long term challenges before us.