Robert Fitzgerald to chair the ACNC advisory board

Robert Fitzgerald AM has been appointed the inaugural chairman of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) advisory board.

Fitzgerald is currently on leave from his role as a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission, having chaired its study into the contribution of the not-for-profit (NFP) sector.

He has a background in law and public policy and has made a large personal contribution to the charity and NFP sector through roles with Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and St Vincent de Paul Society.

Presently a Commissioner on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and a director of The Benevolent Society and Foyer Foundation, Fitzgerald was also a member of the Inquiry into the Definition of Charitable and Other Organisations in 2001.

Meanwhile, Fiona McLeay has been appointed as the ACNC advisory board’s part-time deputy chairman, bringing a strong understanding of smaller charities and volunteer organisations through her work as executive director of the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH) in Victoria, which provides specialist free legal services and training for NFPs. She is currently a director of the Human Rights Law Centre and Urban Seed, and a member of the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s International Pro Bono Advisory Group.

Other directors appointed to the ACNC advisory board include:

Gina Anderson, Philanthropy Fellow with the Centre for Social Impact and an experienced NFP director.

Paul O’Callaghan, executive director of Catholic Social Services Australia and former executive director of the Australian Council for International Development.

Professor Myles McGregor‑Lowndes OAM, director of the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non-profit Studies at the Queensland University of Technology.

Sheila McHale, CEO of Palmerston Association, a large Western Australian NFP drug and alcohol organisation.

David Crosbie, CEO of the Community Council for Australia and a member of the NFP Sector Reform Council.

Anthony Lang, a barrister specialising in NFP law and a board member of the Victorian Council of Social Service.

According to Minister for Social Inclusion Mark Butler, representatives from the governments of New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory will also form part of the ACNC advisory board in their capacity as ex-officio members.