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.


Focus Areas

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

Research Centres & Institutes

Members & Affiliates

Policy & Economics

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NDIS & Disability Services

Six Years and Counting - NDIS White Paper

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Six Years and Counting - NDIS Green Papers

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NDIS Parliamentary & Government Submissions

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NDIS Collaborations, Mergers & Acquisitions

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NDIS Accounting, Finance & Markets

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NDIS Policy Reports

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NFP Finances

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Annual NFPs UWA Summit Reports

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Managing NFP Performance

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Collaboration, Restructuring, Mergers & Acquisitions

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Lecture Series on NFP Collaborations and Restructuring: PLySQcHj2r_BZ7cq-G1RvSC_zF-xPQAJPo

Regulation & Governance

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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Related Webinars


External Research & Resources Contributed To

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New Editors of Third Sector Review


Third Sector Review is extending a call for papers for its upcoming special issue ‘Charities & Crises: Impacts and Responses’. As the peak interdisciplinary Australasian not-for-profit journal and a recognised refereed journal for Australian ERA purposes and for PBRF Evidence Portfolios in New Zealand. As such, it is a great opportunity for your paper to reach a broad audience.It is also edited by Not-for-profits UWA Convenors Dr Ian Murray, Dr Fiona McGaughey and Prof David Gilchrist. The Journal includes a ‘From the Field’ section in support of its objective of supporting the publication of practical research that is able to be applied by the sector. 

For more information and to see the guidelines please visit:

If you wish to subscribe to Third Sector Review, the annual fee is very modest and the applicability of the research covered helps to ensure it represents value for money for those in not-for-profits and policy areas as well as for academics. The membership fee for Australia New Zealand Third Sector Research includes the subscription for the journal. 

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Third Sector Review

Upcomming events

13th May
Not-for-Profit Finance Forum 2021 webinar by Grow Ltd New Zealand - “Managing a For-Purpose Organization’s Finances”.
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27th – 28th May
Not-for-Profit Conference - AU 2021 webinar by Chartered Accountants – “Attracting and Retaining Talent in the Not-for-Profit Sector with Clear Purpose, Intentional Trust, Excellence in Governance and Aspirational Leadership".

Past events

21st April
CommBank's Upcoming April webinars by Commonwealth Bank - “Budgeting for Balance Sheet Sustainability”.
31st March
Not for Profit Researcher network webinar by ANZTSR – “The Aged Care Royal Commission Final Report”.
26th March
2021 WA State Congress by the Institute of Public Accountants – “Accounts, accounting and accountability - where is accounting going and what does it mean?”.
26th March
Not for Profit Forum WA 2021 by CPA Australia – “Building Public Value: The future economics of the NFP Sector”.
25th March
NDS WA by the National Disability Services (NDS) – “Rethinking Sustainable Organisations”.
23rd March
CommBank's Upcoming March webinars by Commonwealth Bank – “Managing your Not-For-Profit Balance Sheet”.
17th March
CommBank's Upcoming March webinars by Commonwealth Bank – “Economic and Property Insights”.
16th March
WA Finance Forum 2021 by the National Disability Services (NDS) – “Explore emerging Governance issues and the implications for your organisation’s sustainability”.

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