Not-for-profits UWA Research Group Members
The Not-for-profits UWA Research Group (NFPs UWA) was formed by a group of scholars with a deep interest in the Not-for-profit sector. With the objective of fostering interdisciplinary research, collaboration and engagement with the Not-for-profit sector, NFPs UWA itself reflects the diversity and significance of the Not-for-profit sector. As such, the research group is interested in issues ranging from the nature and function of the sector, to the performance, governance, reporting and regulation of Not-for-profits.
We are also cognisant of the increasingly blurred boundaries with the government and business sectors and so our focus extends to increasing our understanding of these important relationships. Our key strengths lie in the broad spectrum of sector experience and research inquiry of our researchers.
The primary focus of NFPs UWA is to encourage, perform and disseminate research practice and results. It is intended to build on the university's already significant engagement with the sector by ensuring the research profile it builds is seen as industry-centric, prioritised toward key problems, and results in outcomes that can be applied. As such, the following research areas are currently prioritised. However, any research that is of high quality and aimed at enhancing the capacity of the Not-for-profit sector to fulfil its role is encouraged strongly.
Key research themes:
- The ontology of NFPs and the role of civil society
- NFP regulation, including taxation
- Social impact, including measurement, leadership, actors and social innovation
- The business of NFPs and charities, including their operation, governance and industry contexts
- NFP law, governance and accountability, including reporting
- NFP performance and management
- NFP finances and reserves
- Human services policy and service delivery
- Blurring of traditional boundaries between NFPs, business and government
- Philanthropy and engagement
- Advocacy and activism
- International perspectives
Members & Affiliates
New Editors of Third Sector Review
Ian Murray, David Gilchrist and Fiona McGaughey have started as editors of the Third Sector Review from January 2019.
Third Sector Review is a recognised refereed journal for ERA purposes, that attracts HERDC points in Australia and is recognised as a referred journal for PBRF Evidence Portfolios in New Zealand. TSR is ranked B by the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) master journal list and it has an extensive readership globally, making this a great opportunity to get your research read and to make an impact.
- 2018 NFP Summit Programme [PDF File, 139.5 KB] Updated: 08 Feb 2019
- Report on Regulation and the Contemporary NFP - 2018 Summit [PDF File, 2.3 MB] Updated: 28 Mar 2019
- Report on Regulation and the Contemporary NFP - 2018 Summit [MS Word Document, 1.9 MB] Updated: 28 Mar 2019
Resources & Commissioned Reports
- 2017 - An Examination of the Economic Contribution of the Not-for-profit Human Services Sector in the Northern Territory [PDF File, 1.4 MB] Updated: 28 Feb 2019
- 2017 Sept - Financial Performance Summary of Key Findings (National Benchmarking Project) [PDF File, 373.2 KB] Updated: 28 Feb 2019
- 2018 - National Disability Market Stewardship Actions for the NDIS [PDF File, 4.5 MB] Updated: 28 Feb 2019
- 2018 - National Outcomes Measurement Research Agenda Working Paper No. 4 - OUTCOMES: RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE [PDF File, 4.0 MB] Updated: 28 Feb 2019
- 2018 - Outcomes: research into practice [PDF File, 1.6 MB] Updated: 28 Feb 2019
- 2018 Mar - Issues Paper: Better Financial Reporting for Australian NFPs [PDF File, 298.2 KB] Updated: 28 Feb 2019
- 2018 Mar - Person Centred Planning within the NDIS [PDF File, 1.2 MB] Updated: 28 Feb 2019
1 October 2019
- Legal Issues for Not-for-Profit Entities
This four-day short course examines the nature, function, governance and regulation of not-for-profit (NFP) entities in Australia, with a focus on charities.
Full details and registration
18 November 2019
- NFPs UWA Accountability Summit November 2019
A summit is being planned for 18 November 2019 and further details will be provided here closer to the event.