Reducing the compliance burden of nonprofit organisations : cutting red tape

McGregor-Lowndes, Myles & Ryan, Christine M. (2009) Reducing the compliance burden of nonprofit organisations : cutting red tape. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 68(1), pp. 21-38.

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Australian governments now rely on the non-profit sector to provide essential services. Yet, anecdotally, the compliance burden imposed by governments consumes scarce service delivery resources. This study quantifies the cost of government generated paperwork for Queensland non-profit organisations. Fourteen non-profits kept logs to record government paperwork over 12 months. The non-profits also provided their experiences of government paperwork and in particular grant submission and reporting processes. The study finds that government grant paperwork forms the bulk of a non-profits total paperwork burden with grant submissions being the most costly to complete. Costs are clearly regressive with small non-profits bearing a significantly higher burden. Governments need to lead the way and empower the non-profit sector by reducing this administrative burden and releasing the funds for direct service provision.

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ID Code: 18252
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: nonprofit organisations, paperwork burden, case study
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8500.2008.00607.x
ISSN: 0313-6647
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100) > Accounting Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified (150199)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
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Deposited On: 24 Feb 2009 22:46
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2017 10:01

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