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Terms of Reference


  1. The Community Business Partnership (the ‘Partnership’) will bring together leaders from the business and community sectors to promote philanthropic giving and investment in Australia.


  1. The Partnership will advise the Government on practical strategies to foster a culture of philanthropic giving, volunteering and investment in Australia in order to strengthen communities. It will focus on the following priority areas:
    1. eliminating institutional barriers to philanthropic giving, including through red tape reduction;
    2. considering the potential of innovative investment and finance models and structures to support a culture of giving and service, which may include tax arrangements; and
    3. research on trends in philanthropy, giving and volunteering and on innovation, education and best practice in the sector, including examination of international strategies and trends.
  2. The Partnership will also provide expert advice on regulatory issues and deregulation opportunities.
  3. The Partnership will engage with a variety of expert individuals and organisations.
  4. The Partnership will report annually on its activities.
  5. The Partnership will be reviewed in its third year to consider the impact of its work.


  1. The Partnership will be composed of up to 15 members, including the Chair and Deputy Chair, and will include representation from both the business and community sectors.
  2. Members will have demonstrated a strong commitment to the shared benefits of partnerships between business and community organisations. Members will also bring expertise in fundraising and volunteering, philanthropy, innovation and regulatory structures.
  3. The Prime Minister will chair the Partnership and the Minister for Social Services will serve as Deputy Chair.
  4. 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.


  1. The Partnership will meet twice a year and issue a statement after each meeting.
  2. The quorum for Partnership meetings will be at least six members, including the Chair or Deputy Chair.
  3. The Partnership may also convene working groups as necessary to consider issues in depth. These working groups may co-opt or consult external experts in the field to inform their discussions and will report to the Partnership at the end of their deliberations.


  1. The Partnership will be supported by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Social Services.