Industry Sectors

As a trusted partner, we are a solutions focused, strategic business consultancy supporting a range of not for profit organisations including aged care, independent schools, child care, health, housing and disability services. We have developed considerable expertise working within the following sectors:

Aged Care

The aged care sector provides older Australians with a range of different services, allowing them to access appropriate levels of care when and where they require it as they age. In delivering aged care services to the Australian community, the sector is both a vital supporter of the comfort and dignity of older Australians as well as an important contributor to the Australian economy.

The aged care system in Australia comprises a spectrum of services ranging from basic supports to enable people to remain independent at home, through to full-time care in a residential aged care facility (also called ‘nursing home’). The vast majority of aged care services are provided to people in their home, or elsewhere in a community setting; however, the greatest proportion of aged care spending is on residential aged care.

More than 1.2 million people receive aged care services, with most (77%) receiving support in their home or other community-based settings. Putting this in context, of Australians aged 65 and over:

  • 7% accessed residential aged care
  • 22% accessed some form of support or care at home
  • 71% lived at home without accessing government-subsidised aged care services

CBA provides consulting services and support to NfP Aged Care providers.


There are around 4.3 million Australians who have a disability. Within the next five years, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will provide more than $22 billion in funding a year to an estimated 500,000 Australians who have permanent and significant disability.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is jointly funded and governed by the Australian Government and the states and territories. The scheme replaced former disability support services provided by state and territory governments. The NDIS is run by the Australian Government’s National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

The NDIS is not the only source of support for individuals, their families and carers, there are a range of programs available for eligible individuals e.g. Disability Employment Services help people with disability find work and keep a job.

Through Disability Employment Services, people with disability, injury or health condition may be able to receive assistance to prepare for, find and keep a job.

Providers of Disability Employment Services are called DES providers for short. DES providers are a mix of large, medium and small, for-profit and not-for-profit organisations that are experienced in supporting people with disability as well as providing assistance to employers to put in place practices that support the employee in the workplace.

CBA provides consulting services and support to NfP Disability & DES providers.

Church & Charitable

Australian charities have a strong history of helping vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our society. Charities and other not-for-profits (NfPs) provided most social services in Australia up until the Second World War, not government. These organisations were mainly religious institutions that worked towards relieving poverty and suffering.

Today, Australia’s charity sector is large and diverse. It ranges from small religious charities to large international humanitarian agencies. Charities address a wide variety of needs in our society, including health, education and protecting the natural environment:

  • nearly half of registered charities have social and community welfare as their main purpose, with religious charities making up about 22% of these
  • approximately 17% of charities identify their main purpose as education.

Charities focus their activities on a range of groups in society, including:

  • young people
  • the elderly
  • people living with disabilities
  • those experiencing poverty

Australian charities make around $150 billion in revenue, including $10 billion in donations. The sector employs more than 1.3 million paid staff and has even more volunteers.

CBA provides consulting services and support to a range of church-based and charitable providers.

Education and Schools

Formal schooling in Australia starts with a foundation year, followed by 12 years of primary and secondary schooling. In the senior secondary years, students can study for their Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, which is required for entry to most Australian universities and vocational education and training institutions. It is also recognised as an entry requirement for many international universities.

States and territories are responsible for the delivery of school education in Australia with schools operated by government and non-government education authorities, including faith based and independent schools. All schools are registered with the state or territory education regulators and are subject to government requirements in terms of infrastructure and teacher registration.

In 2019 there were 3,948,811 students enrolled in schools across Australia. Government schools held the greatest share of enrolments (65.7%), followed by Catholic schools (19.5%) and independent schools (14.8%).

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