New Minister Responsible for Commonwealth Charities Regulator Announced
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by Mark Fowler
1y ago
The ACNC has announced that Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Housing and Minister for Homelessness, Social and Community Housing, the Hon Michael Sukkar MP, has been confirmed to take responsibility for oversight of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. The Hon Michael Sukkar previously held ministerial oversight of the ACNC between January 2017 and August 2018 and has significant experience of the sector. Congratulations are offered to the Minister on his return to this very significant portfolio, one which holds an important role in ensuring the maintenance of good govern ..read more
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Government Announces National ‘Single Registration Point’ for Charitable Fundraising Registration
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by Mark Fowler
1y ago
In a joint press release the Commonwealth Treasurer Josh Frydenburg and Senator the Hon Zed Seselja Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters have today announced reforms to the regime regulating fundraising by Australian charities, intended to harmonise fundraising laws by allowing a ‘single registration point’ to issue national approval for fundraising. It is not, however, made clear who the ‘point’ is. The ACNC has long been named as the most obvious candidate, however this is yet to be made clear. The announcement refers only to registration, and it thus appears inten ..read more
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Government Announces Reforms Targeting Unlawful Behaviour by Charities
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by Mark Fowler
1y ago
Earlier this week the Hon. Zed Seselja announced the Commonwealth Government’s intention to introduce legislation in 2021 that will see charities deregistered where they engage in trespass, unlawful entry, malicious damage or vandalism or threaten violence, or where they encourage such conduct. This would expand the existing grounds entitling deregistration for unlawful conduct under ACNC Governance Standard 3, being the commission of an indictable offence, or a breach of law carrying a civil penalty of 60 units. Consultation on the reform will be undertaken in the new year. Details can be fou ..read more
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Discussion Paper Released Proposing Long Overdue Reform to Charitable Fundraising
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by FowlerCharityLaw
1y ago
Exciting things could be brewing for charitable fundraising reform. In some cases if a charity fundraises online, including on social media, it can quite innocently be caught by a raft of State and Territory laws, determined according to where its potential donors access its appeal. The flood of donations, many from international sources, inspired by the 2020 bushfires and the controversy surrounding the Celeste Barber bushfire appeal have led to a renewed focus on the regulation of charitable giving in Australia. The regulatory regime is run by the States and Territories, and much of the law ..read more
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ATO Guidance on Jobseeker Payment for Religious Institutions
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by FowlerCharityLaw
1y ago
The Australian Tax Office has published information for religious institutions seeking to access the Jobseeker payment here ..read more
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Amendments to Ancillary Fund Guidelines During Coronavirus Pandemic
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by FowlerCharityLaw
1y ago
Yesterday Assistant Minister for Charities Senator Zed Seselja announced the Government is creating an incentive for philanthropic funds to give more support to charities during the Coronavirus pandemic. The media release outlining the Government’s intention to amend the ministerial guidelines for public and private ancillary funds that will change the way they are administered during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here. A disaster has also been declared in respect of the COVID-19 pandemic to allow Disaster Relief Funds to receive tax-deductible donations ..read more
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ACNC Releases Guidance on Assistance to Charities during Coronavirus pandemic
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by FowlerCharityLaw
1y ago
The ACNC has published information on changes to charity reporting requirements and available Federal Government assistance to charities during the Coronavirus pandemic here: https://lnkd.in/gxAAPiS You will also find Information and guidance from the Australian Tax Office here: ato.gov.au/coronavirus ..read more
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ATO Ruling TR 2019/3
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by Fowler Charity Law
1y ago
The ATO has finalised a new Ruling TR 2019/3 which outlines when a benefit provided by registered religious institutions to religious practitioners will be exempt from fringe benefits tax. The Ruling may be found here ..read more
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