MYEFO, Modern Slavery Act, ALGA’s year in review | ALGA News 20 December 2019

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President's column

It’s almost the end of the year, and with it the chance for most of us to gather with family and friends to celebrate. Those of us fortunate to be having a break over Christmas and the New Year are thinking of farmers and communities struggling amid the ongoing drought, and also of firefighters across+

Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg released the Commonwealth’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) on Monday, an update of Australia’s economic and fiscal outlook from the previous budget. The MYEFO also takes account of all decisions made since the release of the budget which can affect expenses and revenue and hence require revision of the budget position.+

Local Government exempt from Modern Slavery Act: Commonwealth

Local Government is not required to report on supply chains as part of the Modern Slavery Act, but large local councils are welcome to consider voluntarily complying, the Australian Government has said. The Modern Slavery Act 2018, which aims to tackle slavery in global supply chains, applies to all entities – Australian and foreign entities+

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ALGA Year in review

With the hours left in 2019 rapidly dwindling like a battery-operated toy on Christmas Day, here’s a reflection on ALGA’s advocacy over the past year. February: ALGA’s submission on the review of the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code notes various concerns from councils including that it is too hot in some locations for ceremonies to be+

Armidale Regional Council wins national Human Rights Award

Armidale Regional Council, in northwestern NSW, has won the Government category at the Australian Human Rights Commission’s annual Human Rights Awards for its efforts in helping Ezidi refugees settle in the area. Judges said the council was nominated for championing the integration and wellbeing of its new residents in ways that were proactive, innovative and+

Comment on migration program

The Department of Home Affairs seeks councils’ views by 14 January 2020 on its new discussion paper, Planning Australia’s 2020-21 Migration Program. The paper notes that the 2019-20 program includes a ceiling of 160,000 places – down by 30,000 places – and an emphasis on attracting 25,000 migrants to regional Australia. Among the questions asked+

Volunteer grants for 151 federal electorates

The Commonwealth Government is encouraging applicants for community grants of up to $5,000 as part of its $10m 2019-20 Volunteer Grants scheme. The Department of Social Services’ funding is to be shared across 151 federal electorates for community organisations to buy small equipment for volunteers, or reimburse fuel, transport or training costs. Local Federal Members+