Federal Budget – ACNC to receive significant extra funding for field-based compliance review work

Deep in the 6 October 2020 Federal Budget papers is an announcement about significant extra funding for compliance review work by the ACNC over the next 3 years. Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Review Program Payments The Government will provide $2.9 million over three years from 2020-21 [$0.5M in 20-21, and $1.2M in each of … Read more

ACNC extends regulatory relief for ACNC registered charities until 31 December 2020

The ACNC extends regulatory relief (previously announced)  for charities until the end of 2020. See: https://www.acnc.gov.au/raise-concern/regulating-charities/how-we-ensure-charities-meet-their-obligations/acnc-compliance This relief includes: Governance Standard 5 – A moratorium of ACNC regulatory action for insolvent trading and the removal of the previous condition attaching to this relief of informing members. The conditions attaching to this ACNC relief (emphasis added): The … Read more

JOBKEEPER EXTENDED: How can this assist churches and not-for-profits struggling financially?

Jobkeeper Extended On the 21st of July 2020, the government announced proposed changes to the JobKeeper Scheme in exercising its power under section 20 of the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Rules 2020. The proposed changes are to extend JobKeeper until 28 March 2021 for businesses and organisations that continue to be affected by … Read more

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