- The Community Business Partnership (the ‘Partnership’) brings together leaders from government, community and business sectors to grow philanthropic giving, volunteering and social impact investment and provide advice on emerging issues.
- The Partnership will develop innovative and practical strategies and collaborate with a range of individual experts and community and business organisations to further giving, volunteering and social impact investment in Australia, including in the following priority areas:
- identify enablers to increase philanthropic giving and investment, including in the area of planned giving
- sustain and grow volunteering participation and support a culture of community engagement and service
- progress social impact investment in Australia, including social enterprise, and innovative finance models and structures, and
- work with relevant government and non-government bodies to address regulatory and social issues and promote productive approaches in the philanthropic, not‑for-profit, volunteering and social impact sectors.
- In their deliberations the Partnership will take account of: research on trends in giving and volunteering; innovation, education and best practice in the sector, including examination of international strategies and trends; and the fiscal environment.
- The Chair or the Deputy Chair may commission the Partnership to undertake particular work or projects in light of emerging trends and Government priorities.
- The Partnership will report annually on its activities.
- The Partnership will be reviewed every third year to consider the impact of its work.
- The Partnership will comprise up to 15 members, including the Chair and Deputy Chair.
- The Prime Minister will Chair the Partnership and the Minister for Social Services will serve as Deputy Chair.
- A member of the Treasury Ministry will be co-opted as necessary to serve on the Partnership.
- Members will bring expertise and experience in the business, philanthropic, not-for-profit, volunteering, fundraising or social impact investment sectors.
- Membership will be for a term of up to three years, subject to review by the Prime Minister in consultation with the Minister for Social Services.
- The Prime Minister will appoint new members to the Partnership in consultation with the Minister for Social Services following the expiration of a term or the resignation of a member prior to expiration of their term.
- Non-Government members will nominate a Chief and Deputy Chief Convenor and renew as required. The Chief Convenor will act as a spokesperson and coordinate input on behalf of members. The Deputy will support the Chief Convenor.
- The Partnership will meet twice a year and issue a statement after each meeting outlining the progress of initiatives and projects.
- The quorum for Partnership meetings will be at least six members, including the Chair or Deputy Chair.
- The Partnership may also convene working groups as necessary to consider issues in depth. These working groups may co-opt or consult external experts to inform their discussions and will report to the Partnership at the end of their deliberations.
- The Partnership will be supported by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Social Services.