Recently the Federal Government announced it was implementing a $2000 cap on work-related self-education expenses.
The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE) is gravely concerned about the significant impact this policy will have on the Australian nonprofit sector.
Why is this a problem?
In the first instance, this policy will severely impact financial viability of nonprofit organisations who provide work related educational programs for a fee. This is just the first of a number of serious flow on effects that will impact all Australians. This policy will:
• Adversely impact the sustainability of Australia’s not-for-profit sector
• Increase calls from affected not-profits for financial support from government
• Lead to a decline in overall skill levels of Australian employees
• Adversely affect the young and those just starting in careers
• Adversely affect the competitiveness of Australian workers in the global marketplace
For the above reasons we find the decision to introduce the cap to be retrograde step and we are asking the Federal government to reconsider the implementation of this policy for the sake of the nonprofit sector, young and vulnerable workers, and the Australian economy. See our media release for more detail on each of these concerns.
President of AuSAE
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