Government announces extra support to Domestic Violence services during the COVID-19 crisis

On 29 March 2020, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the government would be contributing $150 million to support domestic violence services like 1800 Respect and Mensline. The PM noted that with the stress and isolation that comes with the COVID-19 virus, the threat of domestic and family violence can become much greater. In his … Read more

COVID-19 amendment bills – Protection for businesses facing financial distress

On Monday 23 March 2020, a series of coronavirus (COVID-19) response bills were quickly passed through before Federal Parliament, seeking to quickly legislate economic relief to individuals and businesses affected by the pandemic of COVID-19.  I Within Schedule 12 of the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020 (Cth) (“the Bill’), there are aims to … Read more

COVID-19: Further restrictions on businesses, gatherings and travel (as of 25 March 2020)

As quickly as the pandemic that is COVID-19 has seemingly spread across our states, just as quickly have governments on all levels scrambled to enforce and encourage new restrictions on the personal and business lives of all Australians. On Sunday night last week (22 March 2020), Premiers and Chief Ministers held National Cabinet with Prime … Read more

How can my organisation access the Government’s COVID-19 financial assistance?

In the last couple of days, the financial situation in Australia has rapidly changed due to COVID-19. The Federal Government has urgently pushed through new legislation to provide assistance to businesses during this pandemic. In particular, this article will look at the new cash flow boost for employers to allow them to continue to operate. … Read more

ACNC to Review 500 Public Benevolent Institutions by 2021

Starting on July 2020, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (“ACNC”) will review 500 Public Benevolent Institutions (“PBIs”) to determine whether they remain eligible for their Deductible Gift Recipient (“DGR”) endorsements and tax concessions. For context – just over 2 years ago, the Australian Government announced proposed reforms to the DGR system with the intention … Read more