Building on the foundations: Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership

building on the foundations
Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership Meeting April 2017. Left to right: Ms Melanie Cooper AM, the Hon Tim Fischer AC, the Hon Christian Porter MP, Mr Peter Scott, Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Ms Angela Perry, Ms Colleen McGann, Ms Alexandra Gartmann and Mr Kevin Bailey AM.

Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP and Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP met with the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership (the Partnership) on Tuesday 18 April to discuss progress on how the Partnership is growing and strengthening philanthropy and volunteering in Australia.

Continuing priorities discussed are to

  • grow planned giving
  • sustain and grow volunteering participation
  • support the growth of social impact investment in Australia, including social enterprise
  • identify policy and regulatory ‘enablers’ of government, business and community collaboration.

Key priorities for future focus discussed at the meeting included exploring the potential of social investment and franchising structures to realise outcomes for social issues aligned with Government priorities.

Minister Porter, who is Deputy Chair, reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to the Partnership’s role in promoting philanthropic giving, volunteering and social impact investment in Australia.

At the meeting the Partnership discussed its focus over the next three years, including continuing to build strong linkages with community, business and social enterprise.

The Partnership has made strong contributions over the last two and a half years in informing government thinking on its future role in social impact investment and innovation and culture of giving, as well as commissioning research that offers valuable insights for every part of the giving community.

Rapid social and economic change means constantly reviewing what we are doing and how we could do it better.

In the future the Government may commission the Partnership to undertake particular work or projects in light of emerging trends and Government priorities.

Partnership member Alexandra Gartmann, said “The achievements to date reflect the substantial investment of time, treasure and talent by community representatives, sector influencers, subject matter experts, business and government in sharing ideas. We look forward to responding to the refreshed focus areas discussed, enabling the Partnership to deliver practical outcomes that leverage the knowledge of community, capabilities of the business community, passion of philanthropists and scale of government.”

The Partnership will continue to be a valuable source of innovative and practical advice to the Australian Government, about how business, community and government can work together to achieve positive outcomes, in particular for our most vulnerable citizens.

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