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

COVID-19 Resources

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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 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

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New Editors of Third Sector Review


Ian Murray, David Gilchrist and Fiona McGaughey are the editors of the Third Sector Review since 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.

If you would like to contribute to the Third Sector Review, follow the prompts in the link below: 

Third Sector Review


The new issue of Third Sector Review has been released. It raises vital questions about when philanthropic activities promote public, rather than private, benefit:


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Not-for-profits UWA Research Group Members
From Left: Prof David Gilchrist, Kylie Hansen, Dr Fiona McGaughey, Dr Ian Murray

NFPs UWA 2020 Calendar of Events:

Date Event Details

Lead Organizer & Contact


February PublicationThird Sector Review Spring publishedIan MurrayClick Here
04 March WorkshopPhilanthropy and Charity Regulation (12pm–5pm)Ian Murray Click Here
04 March Public LectureTrends and dangers in US philanthropy — are there implications for Australia? (Mark Sidel)Ian Murray Click Here
TBAPublic LectureMorgan Stanley Not-for-profit Events Series No. 1: Financial LiteracyDavid GilchristPostponed
JulyPublicationThird Sector Review Autumn publishedDavid Gilchrist Coming Soon
TBA SymposiumNFPs UWA Adjuncts SymposiumDavid GilchristComing Soon
23 NovemberSummitNFPs UWA Annual SummitDavid Gilchrist Coming Soon
25-27 November External SummitCLAANZ meet at Victoria Univ. Wellington, New Zealand Ian MurrayComing Soon

Hon Robert French AC


NFPs UWA Annual Summit

23rd November 2020

  • NFPs UWA Summit November 2020
    The 2020 NPFs UWA Summit will continue to host interesting discussions on the major issues facing the NFP sector.
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