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  • Keynote Speaker Announced for IFS Conference

    Esteemed journalist, author and filmmaker, Stan Grant will be joining us as the keynote speaker at the IFS Conference in September. Stan Grant is a Wiradjuri, Kamilaroi and Dharawal man. These are among the more than 200 First Nations of Australia. He has written five books dealing with the history and politics of indigenous people in Australia; all have been critically acclaimed best sellers and published internationally. He wrote the documentary 'The Australian Dream' dealing with racism in Australian sport. The film won the 2019 Australian Academy Award for best feature documentary. He has been a journalist for more than 30 years. He was the first indigenous person to present a prime time news program on Australian commercial network television. He spent more than a decade as senior international correspondent for CNN. He has won the prestigious US Peabody and Du Pont journalism awards. He is a four- time winner of the Asia TV Awards and three-time winner of Australia's highest journalism award, 'The Walkleys'. He is now Principal Presenter with Al Jazeera English. Stan is Professor of Global Affairs at Griffith University and he has just joined ABC News as an international affairs analyst with a special focus on China and will provide stories and analysis for various ABC television and radio programs including 7.30, Four Corners and The World, as well as ABC Online. Find out more about the Conference here

  • Feed Appeal Grant Information Session

    The Feed Appeal grants program is focused on supporting local charities to deliver effective and targeted food relief programs to their local community. Funding requests must directly impact, improve, and build the capacity, capability and/or efficiency of your food relief program. Feed Appeal invests in programs and projects that improve the lives of people experiencing hunger or food insecurity. Funding helps organisations meet the demand and alleviate food insecurity in their local community. Grants of up to $50,000 are available. To get a better understanding of the grant, the CEO of Feed Appeal Katherine Gokavi-Whaley will be speaking at a special zoom session hosted by Nicole to inform the sector about the grants. The grant is currently open and will run through to May 16 with the grants awarded 1 September.

  • Be a part of our new campaign!

    Hi everyone! We are preparing a marketing campaign to shine light on the incredible work of neighbourhood and community and houses & centres (NCHC's) who are working in the Sustainable Development Goals space. We would love to acknowledge the hard work of our sector's leaders in making the magic happen... but we need you to get involved! We want the campaign to feature your words and your stories to truly capture the direct impact houses and centres have had in contributing to the United Nations Goals in making the world a more peaceful and prosperous place. The aim is to run the campaign throughout 2021. WHO ARE WE FEATURING IN THIS CAMPAIGN? The campaign will feature direct quotes and a photo from Managers/ Coordinators of NCHC's. If you would like someone else to feature in your place, please let us know in writing. HOW WILL MY CONTRIBUTION BE USED? By taking part you give permission for your name, words and photo be included in a wide range of mediums including social media, Annual Report, website, advocacy materials and other ANHCA publications and reports. WHEN ARE SUBMISSIONS DUE? Friday 2 April 2021. HOW DO I PROVIDE MY RESPONSES AND PHOTOS? Please provide responses to the following questions and photo options by emailing emma@anhca.org IS THERE A WORD LIMIT? For each response, please provide no more than 100 words. Your responses may be subject to editing, depending on the medium. PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS: Manager/Coordinator Name: Organisation: In terms of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, what has your organisation been able to deliver for your community, what are you most proud of? What goals does your organisation work towards? Why did you start working towards these goals? What have you learnt about your community since starting your initiative/ program/ project? What does it mean for you to be part of a sector that has played such as an important role in the working towards the goals? Is there an anecdote you would like to share that demonstrates the direct impact your work has had on a person’s life during this period? (Please only provide one) PHOTO REQUIREMENTS Feel free to provide several options for us to choose from Photo should include yourself as the primary focus – can include others too – but it must be clear from the photo who the words are coming from Permissions of all photo participants must have been sought and granted Choose an interesting photo that demonstrates your work – action, on-the-job photos are preferred Only high-resolution photos will be accepted WHAT ARE THE UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs)? The 17 Sustainable Development Goals developed by the United Nations are urgent call to action by all countries to bring peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. NCHC's across Australia work towards these goals every day. From food parcel programs and outreach programs that assist disadvantaged and marginalised members of our community, to environmental initiatives and the establishment of social enterprises. For more information read here anhca.org/sustainable-development-goals If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We look forward to receiving your submissions and spreading the word! Team ANHCA

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  • Partnership for the Goals | ANHCA

    Why it matters What we are doing About the goal Our targets About the Goal We are all in this together. Strong international cooperation is needed now more than ever to ensure that countries have the means to achieve the goals. The Agenda is universal and calls for action by all countries and developing countries, to ensure no one is left behind. Support for the goals is gaining momentum, but major challenges still remain, by forming partnership we can ensure that the goals are being worked on together. Why it Matters Australia should learn from SDG leading countries such as Sweden & Denmark Need to increase public awareness on the SDGs through partnerships 38th Ranking decreased from 17th to 38th in 2019. What Neighbourhood Houses & Centres are doing Without our partners houses and centres would not be able to serve the community the way they do. Our partners help us reach more people and provide more services and give us the opportunity to target the Sustainable Development Goals. ​ In Victoria in 2018 there were a reported 3,689 active partnerships in neighbourhood houses in an average month. ​ Our Partnerships include, but are not limited to; ​ Local, State and Federal Governments Sidney Myer FoodBank SecondBite Learn Local Our Targets

  • Clean Water & Sanitation | Australian Neighbour

    Why it matters What we are doing About the goal Our targets About the Goal This goal aims to ensure access to safe water and sanitation for all. With water scarcity impacting more than 40% of the worlds population, it is vital to conserve clean water wherever we can. Australia is an extremely lucky country, but we often experience significant drought and a long fire season, accessible and fresh water is crucial to overcoming these natural disasters. Why it Matters 48% water storage levels are at 48 per cent of capacity down from 55% Most Australians have access to clean water & sanitation, however remote Indigenous communities struggle to meet water standards 80% of household water goes to waste What Neighbourhood Houses & Centres are doing Neighbourhood Houses and Centres work towards meeting clean water and sanitation by employing grey water systems to flush toilets and water garden beds and the collection of rain water through innovative roof designs. ​ We all rely on clean water and sanitation, by incorporating water saving and recycling practices we ensure that more people have access to this vital resource. ​ ​ Our Targets

  • Information for Houses & Centres | Australian Neighbour

    Information for Houses & Centres What is the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? What is Deductible Gift Recipient status? Does the existance of the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR mean that my house/ centre has DGR status? Is there a cost assoicated with accessing the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR How can the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR assist my house/ centre Eligibility Aligning with ANHCA Constitution Does this mean houses/ centre can access salary packaging and other tax consessions Administration of the funds Advocacy What is the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR is a vehicle Neighbourhood Houses/Centres can use to accept tax deductible donations or apply for grants from philanthropic foundations/trusts and corporations requiring DGR (deductible gift recipient) tax status. It is overseen by the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA) Inc. The listing of ANHCA Inc. for DGR status in Division 30, section 30 -45 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, ensures donations of $2 or more to the ANHC Public Fund are tax deductible. Item 1 What is Deductible Gift Recipient status? An organisation that has deductible gift recipient (DGR) status can receive tax deductible gifts. An individual or business that makes a donation to an organisation with DGR status can deduct the amount of the donation from their taxable income, which means they pay less tax. Does the existence of the ANHCA Public fund for DGR mean that my House/ Centre has DGR status in its own right? No, the DGR status remains with ANHCA, which is why funding applications are lodged in ANHCA’s name and all donations and grants money must be paid through ANHCA to be issued with a tax receipt. Is there a cost to access the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? An administrative charge of 5% is deducted from donations and grants. This charge contributes to the costs associated with administrating the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR. How can the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR assist my Neighbourhood House/ Centre? Neighbourhood Houses/ Centres can now use the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR to receive tax deductible donations and apply for funds from philanthropic organisations and corporate foundations requiring DGR status. Is my Neighbourhood House/Centre eligible? To be eligible, your Neighbourhood House/ Centre must meet the following criteria: Be an organisation (as opposed to an individual) Be a financial member of the relevant State Peak Body Be a legal entity (ie an incorporated body) If the organisation is a network or peak body rather than a Neighbourhood House or Centre in its own right, it must apply funds to furthering or supporting the work of Neighbourhood Houses/Centres Not have DGR status Do the funds have to align with ANHCA Constitution? Yes, the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR can legally only direct funds to other entities in furtherance of the purposes in ANHCA’s constitution. These are to: Contribute to national policy and issues of common interest to the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia Promote and strengthen the national identity of the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia Enhance the quality, skills and knowledge of the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia Support the activity and work of the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia. ANHCA can accept funds and direct them for the work carried out by Neighbourhood Houses/ Centres, including project-based support and general support. Does the ANHCA Public Fund mean Neighbourhood Houses/Centres can access salary packaging and other tax concessions? No. Salary packaging is only available for employees directly employed by a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI). The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR is not a PBI and even if it were, it could not pass on additional tax incentives to other organisations. Who is involved with the administration of the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? The fund is governed by the ANHCA Public Fund Committee, made up of representatives from the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector, the majority of whom come under the ATO definition of ‘Responsible Persons.’ Why do not all Neighbourhood Houses and Centres have DGR status themselves rather than having to go through the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? Ideally, all Neighbourhood Houses/Centres should have DGR status in their own right. Some do – about 14% Australia-wide – but the majority who have applied for DGR status have been turned down from endorsement because the variety of services they provide do not fit into an existing DGR category. ANHCA has lobbied hard for many years to change the tax laws to include a general DGR category for Neighbourhood Houses/Centres. (See our ) Advocacy page

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