The charity ratings system used by the Australian Government to assess the charity sector’s performance is not working well and charities should focus on delivering results rather than making excuses, the Christian Aid charity’s executive director, Greg Stewart, has said.
“The ratings system has become so complex and so complex that the organisations and their staff are being forced to spend time and resources trying to explain why it is not performing at the best of times and that is causing an unacceptable level of frustration to the community,” Mr Stewart told ABC Radio Adelaide.
“If we were to put in place a simple system where it was based on an assessment of the performance of each charity, then we would have the chance to achieve better outcomes for all the organisations.”
We know that when we do that, we will get results, and we have.
Mr Stewart also said charities should not be “blaming the victims” for the way they were being run. “
We do think the ratings are good and we do think that the system is effective and we believe it will be in place for a long time,” he said.
Mr Stewart also said charities should not be “blaming the victims” for the way they were being run.
“When you do that and you blame people, then you’re not going to get the outcomes you want,” he told the ABC.
“So I think that’s why we are doing the report to highlight what we think is the right approach and what we feel is the appropriate approach for Australia.”
He also said that some organisations were taking advantage of a number of policies in the current budget that “do not work for all of them”.
“The Government has taken steps to improve the charity ratings regime,” Mr Stewart said.
Topics: charities-and-community-organisations, community-and/or-society, australia, alice-springs-0870, sa, vic Source: ABC News (Aust)