Its because the PGDB doesnt cost the govt any money to operate, they bring in their own through us, and if they are bending or breaking the rules no one in govt wants to really have a go at bringing them down or doing away with them because if they had to reorganise how things are done and not have a board it will just be another cost the govt has to fund. Right now paying out for things is just not on the govts agenda, its like you say Thunderhead. They are closing some overseas embassies to save cash, no way they will touch a self funded ''Board" in this financial day and age.If the "Board" were a govt funded organisation who performed poorly it would be easier to get all this BS sorted as money from the govt wouldnt be such a major issue as they would already be giving them money to regulate/discipline us. I dont know a lot of the finer points but its not hard to see.
You would think the "Board" as a registered charity would benefit greatly from being one as it enables them to legally avoid
obligations that similar boards may have to pay the govt. I am presuming this is the case otherwise why would they do it. There must be some financial factor around it that keeps their money paid in by us with them, without leakage going to the govt through who knows what.
I think with the new budget coming out the board is more comfortable as the govt is tightening up.They arent going anywhere anytime soon. The only way forward is to get membership up for the PGDF so they can cease using their BS quotes like "It is only three people causing trouble", it may not be today, and it may not be tomorrow but one day many days from now the federation will outnumber all other industry groups thus becoming the majority and
a leading force to advocate change of our governing regulatory system we call the PGDB. Wal is right its not a battle, its a war fought one battle at a time.
Change will come, I am sure of that. But the question is how long will this war last for.
One things for sure I am tired of the "Board" being able to beat down on who ever they please for making even a small error but when they make monumental mistakes in legislation concerning there regulatory powers at the highest level its all a hush up and it is quickly remedied and they carry on, "Hey,lets go and steal some more money from practitioners lol lol lol." Business as Fu**en usual then......but their days are numbered.