The report, ‘The effectiveness of public participation by not-for-profit organisations in Australia’s public life through submissions to Parliamentary Inquiries’ was written by Jacqueline Williams, LLB (ANU) whilst interning at the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia in April 2015.

As part of this research the views of large Not-For-Profits (NFPs) who submit to Federal Parliamentary Inquiries on behalf of disadvantaged Australians, advocating for issues on social justice, were canvassed.

By and large, the results suggest that submission-writing by NFPs to Parliamentary Inquiries is an effective means for enhancing and realizing public participation in the democratic process. However, a number of issues were raised that lead to several recommendations outlined in the full report and summary below.