- The Community Business Partnership (the ‘Partnership’) will bring together leaders from the business and community sectors to promote philanthropic giving and investment in Australia.
- 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:
- eliminating institutional barriers to philanthropic giving, including through red tape reduction;
- 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
- 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.
- The Partnership will also provide expert advice on regulatory issues and deregulation opportunities.
- The Partnership will engage with a variety of expert individuals and organisations.
- The Partnership will report annually on its activities.
- The Partnership will be reviewed in its third year to consider the impact of its work.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Prime Minister will chair the Partnership and the Minister for Social Services will serve as Deputy Chair.
- 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 Partnership will meet twice a year and issue a statement after each meeting.
- 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 in the field 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.