Hands Off Our Charities campaign

Human Rights Law Centre | Impact area » Strengthening Democracy

Advocacy by independent groups in civil society is vital to a healthy democracy. In the last few years the ability of civil society organisations to speak out and share their unique knowledge, expertise and experience has been threatened by new laws and practices that are eroding their independent voice. In response, around 40 civil society organisations came together to form the Hands Off Our Charities (HOOC) alliance in 2017. HOOC has already greatly increased the capacity and interest of civil society in protecting and strengthening its voice. It now requires a senior campaigner to take the work further and ensure Australian charities are protected from adverse policy changes. Working with HOOC member organisations, the senior campaigner will: identify threats to civil society; coordinate united, sector-wide responses; develop positive messaging; build consensus around long-term reforms, and; grow the HOOC membership. This work will ultimately ensure Australia’s strong, vibrant civil society brings its unique expertise and experience to public discussion and decision-making.

Working with people and communities, the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) uses a strategic mix of legal action, policy solutions and advocacy to eliminate inequality and injustice and build a fairer, more compassionate Australia.

The Australian Conservation Foundation is Australia’s national environment organisation. The Foundation uses evidence-based advocacy, exposes corruption and destruction, and champions real solutions for a better world.

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) is a national advocate for action to reduce poverty and inequality and is the peak body for the community services sector in Australia.

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Total ask: $50,000
Impact Fund pledge: $10,000
Remaining funds required: $40,000

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