Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions & its Implications for Churches

As Australia and Queensland start to take steps to “re-open” following extensive restrictions, the purpose of this article is to provide churches with the latest relevant update to ensure churches remain adequately informed. Over the last few months, Australia has experienced a tremendous amount of success in containing the spread of the COVID-19. Prime Minister … Read more

COVID-19 – Weekly Updates for Churches

Weekly Updates As Australia and Queensland start to take steps to “re-open” following extensive restrictions. The purpose of this article is to provide churches with the latest relevant weekly updates to ensure churches remain adequately informed. Over the past several months, restrictions given at the direction of the Queensland Government has impacted many businesses, organizations, and institutions. One of these … Read more

JobKeeper Updates for Religious Practitioners and NFPs – As at 27 April 2020

On Friday 24 April, the Federal Treasury provided further clarification on the JobKeeper scheme and its application to specific groups throughout Australia. These updates follow after already 400,000 Australian businesses have enrolled in the JobKeeper scheme, providing further income to almost 2.4 million Australians. Amongst these Australians are employees of not-for-profit charities and practitioners of religious institutions who will be affected by the Treasury’s new updates.  Religious Practitioners  Prior to this announcement, many religious practitioners were facing difficulties … Read more

COVID-19 UPDATE – New Restrictions on Church live-streaming

On the 9th of April 2020, Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young issued a variety of restrictions under the Non-Essential business, activity and undertaking Closure Direction (No.5) (‘the Direction’) in order to assist in containing the spread of the COVID-19. The direction was made replacing the Non-Essential business, activity and undertaking Closure Direction (No.4) made … Read more

Easter Services during COVID-19 & New Commercial Tenancy Code of Conduct

On Friday last week (3rd April), Prime Minister Scott Morrison provided further updates on COVID-19, after meeting again with National Cabinet. The Prime Minister focused much of his attention on the operation of places of worship as well as new guidelines surrounding lease disputes between tenants and landlords. Places of worship Places of worship, including … Read more

COVID-19: Update for Charities following the special ACNC Advisor’s Forum (as of 27/03/2020)

Cash flow boost for charities – PAYG credit New charities registered with the ACNC after 12 March 2020 are still eligible. Consider other payments that may be reportable in your Activity Statement other than salary & wages – e.g. Directors fees, voluntary withholding payments to contractors. For more information click here.  ACNC COVID-19 landing page … Read more