Media Releases by Senator the Hon Ursula Stephens

Bright Future for Australia’s Social Enterprises

The , Ursula Stephens, today congratulated the School for Social Entrepreneurs inaugural graduating class. The Sydney-based School for Social Entrepreneurs provides professional support and enterprise development mentoring for social enterprises and the entrepreneurs driving them. The Australian Government has supported… Continue reading

Philanthropy remains strong despite global slowdown

Australia’s major companies have continued to support and invest in our communities despite the tough economic conditions faced in 2009, according to a report released by the Australian Government today. These issues featured in discussions at today’s Social Inclusion Conference… Continue reading

Third sector leaders honoured

Speaking at today’s Social Inclusion Conference in Melbourne, Senator Stephens recognised the vital role that third sector organisations play in supporting vibrant and inclusive communities. “I congratulate third sector leaders for their efforts and achievements across social and community services,… Continue reading

Funding boost for volunteers and peak body

To meet the growing demand for volunteers the Australian Government is delivering a $250,000 funding boost to train new volunteers and assist in accreditation of new and existing volunteers. This boost will help more volunteers access the training and accreditation… Continue reading

Opening of Blacktown Marist Youth Care Head Office

Senator Ursula Stephens, today opened the new Head Office for Marist Youth Care in Blacktown, New South Wales. Senator Stephens said Marist Youth Care helps people stabilise their lives, find suitable accommodation, overcome personal barriers and move into education, training… Continue reading

Social Inclusion Week Commences

The, Senator Ursula Stephens, this evening launched the Macquarie University Social Inclusion Forum, marking the start of Australia’s inaugural Social Inclusion Week. The week gives all Australians an opportunity to see the benefits of engaging with their fellow citizens and… Continue reading

Role of government libraries today

Senator Ursula Stephens, today officially opened the Australian Government Libraries and Information Network (AGLIN) Forum 2009. The forum explored how government libraries can respond to the changing information environment and remain relevant and efficient in supporting government policy-making. Senator Stephens… Continue reading

Senator Stephens discusses compact with non profit managers

Senator Ursula Stephens today spoke at the Catholic Social Services Australia Directors’ Forum about the Australian Government’s national compact with the not-for-profit, or Third, Sector. The Australian Government has been working closely with not-for-profit organisations to develop a national compact… Continue reading

Canada Bay – Australia’s most sustainable city

Senator Ursula Stephens, congratulated the New South Wales city of Canada Bay on winning the Australian Sustainable Cities Award. Senator Stephens announced the winners of Keep Australia Beautiful – Australian Sustainable Cities Awards 2009, at a ceremony at Parliament House… Continue reading

Volunteering ministers meet for the first time

Senator Ursula Stephens, is leading the way in developing a National Volunteering Strategy. Today Senator Stephens met with State and Territory Ministers to work collaboratively towards a National Volunteering Strategy, which will formally recognise the importance of volunteering in Australia… Continue reading

Contributions of the Not for Profit Sector

The Australian Government today welcomed the release of the Productivity Commission’s draft report – Contributions of the Not for Profit Sector. The draft report identifies ways to improve not for profit involvement in shaping government policy and programs, and provides… Continue reading

Laying the ground work for the Golden Gurus program

Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector, Senator Ursula Stephens, this morning launched the Golden Gurus website and invited interested organisations to become involved in the new national Golden Gurus program. The Golden Gurus program will harness the… Continue reading

More Funds For Men’s Shed “Great Mates” Project

Men of Sanctuary Point and the Bay and Basin region in NSW will have increased access to social, mentoring and employment services with $56,064 in Australian Government funding to continue for the “Great Mates” project. Senator Stephens, today visited the… Continue reading

Non profit sector contributes $43 billion to Australia

Senator Ursula Stephens said the data on the non profit sector released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) highlights the enormous contribution of non profit organisations to Australian life. The ABS Non Profit Institution Satellite Account provides a… Continue reading

$1.3 million for Western Australian non profits and charities

Senator Stephens, today met with Western Australian recipients of the Australian Government’s Temporary Financial Assistance grants initiative for non profit organisations at Youth Focus in Burswood. Five Western Australian non profit organisations and charities will receive a total of $1.3… Continue reading

Recognising volunteers in South Adelaide

Ursula Stephens, today addressed the Southern Adelaide Volunteer Award ceremony at the Hackham Football Club. Senator Stephens said volunteers are vital to communities and deserve our recognition. "Today was an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the significant contributions and achievements… Continue reading

$21 million to support community volunteers

Non-profit organisations, who are supported by volunteers, can apply for Australian Government grants of up to $5,000 to purchase equipment and cover the cost of petrol. $21 million will be distributed across Australia in the 2009 round of volunteer grants,… Continue reading

Towards a Better Relationship with Advocacy NGOS

The Senator the Hon Ursula Stephens, met with human rights advocacy non government organisations this morning to discuss how to strengthen the government’s relationship with the non profit sector. Speaking at today’s Attorney-General’s Non-Governmental Organisation Forum in Canberra, Senator Stephens… Continue reading