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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

The New ACNC External Conduct Standards

In late 2017, there were a series of reforms announced by the Australia Federal Government that applies to charities that operate overseas. These reforms would also apply to basic religious charities in the form of proposed External Conduct Standards (in addition to the ACNC Governance Standards). On 23 July 2019, The External Conduct Standards became … 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

A NSW charity recently had its charity status revoked by the national charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (the “ACNC”) 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 fringe benefits tax … 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