Non-Government Organisations (NGO’s), those not for profits organisations, operating independently of government, but often receiving Government Funding, are organisations that generally address widespread social, political, humanitarian, economic and environmental issues.
NGOs are known for creating large resource pools to effect change, advocating for vulnerable people, challenging policy and partnering with other organisations to effectively reach shared societal or community goals.
They usually consist of a mixture of paid employees and volunteers. In Australia an NGO is an organisation that:
• Is run without oversight or representation from government
• Has a humanitarian function, addressing social and/or political issues
• Has paid staff and/or volunteers
• Tends to represent larger scale/wide reaching projects