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The Department of Internal Affairs provides advice to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector and to government on:

  • key strategic policy issues facing the Community and Voluntary sector
  • community development and community resourcing issues
  • the community perspective on key inter-agency projects.
The Department also provides strategic advice as required to the Lottery Grants Board and works closely with other government departments which have an interface with the Community and Voluntary Sector.

Community and Voluntary Sector Policy

The Department provides cross-sector policy development and advice to the
Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector and to government on the community and voluntary sector at the national policy level.

Areas that the Department works on include:

Digital literacy and youth research

Digital technology is reshaping how New Zealanders communicate, work and interact. Earlier this year, the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector wanted to better understand how community organisations use and develop digital literacy. The Department commissioned Allen & Clarke to undertake exploratory research focused on the youth experience of digital literacy.


The research looked at how community organisations contribute to the development of young people’s digital literacy, and how digital literacy supports young people to gain confidence and improve their work opportunities. The research found that digital literacy initiatives use a range of tailored approaches to engage youth, that community programmes have positive effects beyond digital skills (such as building increased confidence overall), and that initiatives often rely on a few volunteers to deliver services. The full research report can be found in the link below.

Delivery Phase of the Social Enterprise Sector Development Programme – 2018

On 23 April 2018, the Department of Internal Affairs entered into a contract with the Ākina Foundation for the delivery of the Social Enterprise Sector Development Programme over the next three years.

Research into the contribution of the social enterprise sector to the New Zealand economy

June 2018: The Department of Internal Affairs contracted with Business and Economic Research Limited (BERL) to conduct research into the contribution of the social enterprise sector to the New Zealand economy. This three-phase study is running parallel to the Social Enterprise Sector Development Programme (above).

The aim of the study is to provide a baseline population to assess the future impact of the Programme.

Phases 1 and 2 have been completed. These phases identified key characteristics of social enterprises and tested the methodology to be used in the phase 3 of the study. The final results of the study will be released towards the end of 2018.

Procurement of a Strategic Partner for Social Enterprise Market Development

22/11/2017: The Department of Internal Affairs has partnered with Ākina Foundation to develop a programme focused on expanding the country’s social enterprise market.

General information

Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise Cross Parliament Summit (July 2017)

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Social Enterprise and Social Finance - A Path to Growth - 2016



Social Enterprise and Social Finance: A Path to Growth (PDF, 2.2MB)
A Report to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector
This report has been written by a nine member Strategic Group, convened by the Department of Internal Affairs. The report was released by the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector at a Parliament event on 11 October 2016. The report proposes a range of actions to grow social enterprise and social finance in New Zealand.

Champions of Change: Doing Business Differently (PDF, 980KB)
Ten social enterprise case studies
This is a collection of ten social enterprise case studies, developed as a companion document to Social Enterprise and Social Finance: A Path to Growth, authored by the Strategic Group on Social Enterprise and Social Finance, convened by the Department of Internal Affairs.


View or download the A3 one-page summary (PDF, 337KB)
This is a summary of the report Social Enterprise and Social Finance: A Path to Growth.

Growing Social Enterprise: Progress and Next Steps (May 2015)

Government position statement supporting social enterprise (February 2014)

This Government position statement acknowledges the value of the growing social enterprise sector and supports collaborative action to ensure social enterprises meet their full potential.

Non-profit sector research

The Study of the New Zealand Non-Profit Sector 2004-2008. This project measured and described the role that non-profit organisations play in society and the economy

Guidance on engaging with community organisations

Seminar on Collaborative Governance

Seminar introducing the Code of Funding Practice, December 2010

Volunteering and giving

Charities Act 2005

LATEST! Information about the Review of the Charities Act 2005 (May 2018)

Background

In 2010 the Department of Internal Affairs reviewed the
Charities Act 2005 (the Act) and the Charities (Fees, Forms, and Other Matters) Regulations 2006. Some technical amendments were progressed through the Statutes Amendment Bill (No 2), with those amendments to the Charities Act taking effect in February 2012. Cabinet also agreed in 2010 that a first principles review of the Charities Act would be undertaken and completed by 2015. The review was to assess both the effectiveness of the (then) Charities Commission since its inception in 2005 and the “charitable purpose” definition.

In November 2012, Cabinet decided not to continue with a review of the Charities Act 2005. The following Cabinet papers and minutes related to that decision have been proactively released by the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector.
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