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Briefing: Coronavirus (COVID-19) — Good governance for charities and not-for-profits on frontlines


Thursday, 18 June 2020
11:00am to 12:30pm


CPD Hours


Cost (Inc GST)

$35.00 Member
$45.00 Subscriber
$55.00 Non-member

Framing governance, regulation and sustainability in times of crisis

When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic struck, not long after the Australian bushfires, charities and not-for-profits (NFPs) found themselves on the frontlines of response. The spotlight is on the sector to deliver during this unique crisis and play a crucial role in providing sustainable services during the recovery. But the COVID-19 landscape both now and during recovery pose huge challenges to the sector’s capacity and sustainability to deliver critical services.

There is an imperative to focus on

  • urgent regulatory reform, especially in fundraising
  • strengthened governance systems to gain continued community support for operations
  • sector sustainability through the recovery phase – workforce, fundraising, resources, revenue and bridging finance

Join us for a highly pertinent 90-minute online briefing to consider the sector landscape for response and recovery, and the need for regulatory reform and the governance frameworks to strengthen sector capacity to respond to the scale of national service needs.

Our panel of NFP experts will look at the regulatory landscape, the core concepts for good governance and the challenge for fundraising and sustainable service provision.

You will hear about:

  • charities and NFPs on the frontline — bushfires, drought, COVID-19
  • ACNC response to COVID-19 —  guidance on operations, concessions and governance standards
  • the government response to the ACNC Review
  • #fixfundraising —  urgency for reform
  • the workforce and operations challenge during response and recovery
  • how we can be fit for purpose in both regular and extraordinary times
  • the role, influence and impact of sector directors during a crisis
  • cornerstones for good governance and decision-making —  accountability, transparency and trust


Chair: David Crosbie, CEO, Community Council for Australia

David Crosbie is CEO of the Community Council for Australia. He has spent more than 20 years as CEO of significant charities including eight years in his current role at CCA, four years as CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia, seven years as CEO of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia, and seven years as CEO of Odyssey House Victoria.

In addition to the work he leads at the Community Council for Australia, David served on the inaugural Advisory Board of the Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission (ACNC), the Advisory Board of Impact Investing Australia, the Board of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (among others).


Sue Woodward, Head of Not-for-profit Law, Justice Connect

Sue was the driving force behind the establishment Justice Connect’s Not-for-profit Law service in 2008 to which she has returned after three years as the inaugural Director, Policy & Education at the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

Sue has been involved in researching and advocating on legal and regulatory issues of importance to Australia’s not-for-profit sector for more than 15 years. Sue is a lawyer who has been involved in many community groups and on the board of both start-up and well established charities, including the Victorian Council of Social Service. She is the lead contact for the #FixFundraising campaign and a member of the Charities Crisis Cabinet.


Belinda Dimovski, Director – Engagement & Support, Australian Red Cross

Belinda has been leading business transformations centred around the customer for over 15 years across telecommunications, pharma, health and not for profit organisations.

She is currently the Director of Engagement and Support at Australian Red Cross responsible for marketing, fundraising, digital, retail, First Aid and customer experience and also sits on the board at Bendigo Bank Homebush and the Australasian Reporting Awards.


Anna Longley, Assistant Commissioner & General Counsel, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Anna Longley is the ACNC’s Assistant Commissioner – General Counsel. She acts as the senior legal advisor to the ACNC Commissioner and the Advisory Board, and has legal oversight of the ACNC’s work regulating charities. Having worked at the Australian Taxation Office for over 16 years prior to becoming General Counsel, Anna has an extensive background in public administration.


Who should attend?

  • Anyone involved in the NFP sector or fundraising
  • Board directors
  • CEO and C-suite
  • Company secretaries and legal professionals
  • Fundraising managers
  • Lawyers
  • NFP sector advisors