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

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

Government Response To The Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission Legislation Review 2018

Anticipated Law Reform But No Fix To Fundraising It is pleasing to see the release on 6 March 2020 of the long awaited Government response to the 2018 ACNC legislation review panel report. The ACNC legislation, which sets the purpose and framework of the national charities regulator, was required to be reviewed after five years … Read more

An overview of the Religious Freedom Bills

The commonwealth Religious Freedom Bills (Religious Discrimination Bill 2019, Religious Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019 and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Freedom of Religion) Bill 2019) (“the Bills”) have drawn significant media attention in recent weeks. The Bills followed the Religious Freedom Review (which “recognised an opportunity to enhance the statutory protection of the right to … Read more

All charities with any overseas activity need to consider the new External Conduct Standards (even if sending a small one time gift)

Preserving Charitable Assets within Charitable Purposes Following Andrew Lind’s recent papers in Melbourne, including at the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference on the External Conduct Standards, here are some headlines for all charities to consider:  1. The External Conduct Standards (ECSs) commenced on 23 July 2019. 2. The external conduct standards … Read more

How To Manage your Charity and Meet ACNC Requirements

By Kathleen Stonehouse & Courtney Linton The national charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (the “ACNC”), has recently revoked the charity status of a NSW charity following an investigation into the activities and operations of the organisation. The implications of this revocation are significant. Notably, the organisation’s Commonwealth charity tax concessions have been removed, being the … Read more

Cy Pres Application

Preserving Charitable Assets within Charitable Purposes Cy Pres (pronounced Sigh Pray) is not a phrase you hear often, and yet applications to the Court for a Cy Pres Order are increasingly common. Cy Pres is a phrase we have adopted from the French meaning, “as near as possible” to the original intention. (Don’t believe us? … Read more