Not-for-Profits UWA

About Us

The Not-for-profits UWA Research Group (NFPs UWA) was formed by a group of scholars with a deep interest in the Not-for-profit sector. With the objective of fostering interdisciplinary research, collaboration and engagement with the Not-for-profit sector, NFPs UWA itself reflects the diversity and significance of the Not-for-profit sector. As such, the research group is interested in issues ranging from the nature and function of the sector to the performance, governance, reporting and regulation of Not-for-profits.

We are also cognisant of the increasingly blurred boundaries with the government and business sectors and so our focus extends to increasing our understanding of these important relationships. Our key strengths lie in the broad spectrum of sector experience and research inquiry of our researchers.

Focus Areas

The primary focus of NFPs UWA is to encourage, perform and disseminate research practice and results. It is intended to build on the university's already significant engagement with the sector by ensuring the research profile it builds is seen as industry-centric, prioritised toward key problems, and results in outcomes that can be applied. As such, the following research areas are currently prioritised. However, any research that is of high quality and aimed at enhancing the capacity of the Not-for-profit sector to fulfil its role is encouraged strongly.

Key research themes:

  • The ontology of NFPs and the role of civil society
  • NFP regulation, including taxation
  • Social impact, including measurement, leadership, actors and social innovation
  • The business of NFPs and charities, including their operation, governance and industry contexts
  • NFP law, governance and accountability, including reporting
  • NFP performance and management
  • NFP finances and reserves
  • Human services policy and service delivery
  • Blurring of traditional boundaries between NFPs, business and government
  • Philanthropy and engagement
  • Advocacy and activism
  • International perspectives


ANZTSR 15th Biennial Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research Conference

Achievements and Challenges in Creating Public Good

Thank you to all who attended this year's conference. It was fantastic to be able to share and discuss the valuable work being conducted on and within the third sector.

Recordings of the ANZTSR Conference Sessions can be accessed via the Centre's YouTube Channel.

Further Resources

Not-for-profits UWA strives to provide practical and accessible resources to directors, CEOs, management and the broader not-for-profit sector.

Check out our YouTube channel for more videos centred on Not-for-profit and charity accounting, financial sustainability, governance and more.

Past events


19 August, 16 September, 21 October & 18 November: Online Training Modules presented by Professor David Gilchrist and hosted by Grow ltd. - The NFP Balance Sheet: A resource for Directors and CEOs.

30 July: Australian Nonprofit Accounting Standards Seminar Series - NPO Web-based Accountability: How can we know if NPOs are doing good things.

12-14 July: Transitioning the Australian Welfare State: The Unnatural Fit of Quasi Markets in Australian Human Services Delivery presented by David Gilchrist at the Australian Conference of Economists 2021 hosted by the Economic society of Australia.

9 June: CommBank's Not-for-profit Balance Sheet Series presented by Prof David Gilchrist - "The Not-for-profit Balance Sheet and the Profit and Loss Report"

27 – 28 May: Not-for-Profit Conference - AU 2021 webinar by Chartered Accountants – “Attracting and Retaining Talent in the Not-for-Profit Sector with Clear Purpose, Intentional Trust, Excellence in Governance and Inspirational Leadership".

13 May: Not-for-Profit Finance Forum 2021 webinar presented by Prof David Gilchrist. Hosted by Grow Ltd NZ - “Managing a For-Purpose Organization’s Finances”.

21 April: CommBank's April webinars presented by Prof David Gilchrist - “Budgeting for Balance Sheet Sustainability”.

31 March: Not for Profit Researcher network webinar by ANZTSR – “The Aged Care Royal Commission Final Report”.

26 March: 2021 WA State Congress by the Institute of Public Accountants – “Accounts, accounting and accountability - where is accounting going and what does it mean?”. 

25 March: NDS WA by the National Disability Services (NDS) – “Rethinking Sustainable Organisations”.

23 March: CommBank's March webinar presented by Prof David Gilchrist – “Managing your Not-For-Profit Balance Sheet”.

16 March: WA Finance Forum 2021 by the National Disability Services (NDS) – “Explore emerging Governance issues and the implications for your organisation’s sustainability”.


3-7 August: Not-for-profit Finance Week: "The Not-for-profit Balance Sheet: A resource for Directors and CEOs"


16-20 September: Not-for-profit Finance Week: "The Art of Balancing Governance for Not-for-profits"

Third Sector Review

Third Sector Review is extending a call for papers for its upcoming special issue ‘Charities & Crises: Impacts and Responses’. As the peak interdisciplinary Australasian not-for-profit journal and a recognised refereed journal for Australian ERA purposes and for PBRF Evidence Portfolios in New Zealand. As such, it is a great opportunity for your paper to reach a broad audience. It is also edited by Not-for-profits UWA Convenors Dr Ian Murray, Dr Fiona McGaughey and Prof David Gilchrist. The Journal includes a ‘From the Field’ section in support of its objective of supporting the publication of practical research that is able to be applied by the sector. 

For more information and to see the guidelines please visit:


ANZTSR invites you to participate in the 15th Biennial Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research Conference on 17-19th November 2022 at the University of Western Australia in Perth, WA.


If you wish to subscribe to Third Sector Review, the annual fee is very modest and the applicability of the research covered helps to ensure it represents value for money for those in not-for-profits and policy areas as well as for academics. The membership fee for Australia New Zealand third Sector Research includes the subscription for the journal.

The link for purchasing a subscription is here:

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Created by potrace 1.10, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2011