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Charities & Not-For-Profits Law in Australia

Monthly Archives: March 2013

Not-For-Profit Sector Freedom to Advocate Bill Introduced to the Senate

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Summary – Not-For-Profit Sector Freedom to Advocate Bill Introduced to the Senate. On Wednesday 13 March 2013, Senator Penny Wong tabled the Not for Profit Sector Freedom to Advocate Bill in the Senate. The Bill invalidates gag clauses contained in past, present and future Commonwealth government contracts with Not-For-Profit organisations. The legislation is intended to… Continue Reading

AIS Details Released for Consultation

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Summary – Details regarding the 2013 transitional and 2014 ACNC Annual Information Statements have been released. Earlier this month we foreshadowed that the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) would release the proposed information to be included in the compulsory Annual Information Statement (AIS) under the ACNC Act. Regardless of size or purpose all charities… Continue Reading

Further Progress towards a National Regulatory Framework

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Summary – The ACT has followed the move by South Australia to sign up to the ACNC legislative framework.  Who will be next? It has been announced that the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) will be signing up to the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission (ACNC) regulatory framework by making changes which will carve out the… Continue Reading

ACNC Governance Standards to be Tabled in Parliament

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In mid-December the Gillard Government released draft Governance Standards for consultation. These standards will apply to all charities registered with the ACNC (for more information on the draft governance standards and the information see our article “Draft Governance Standards and Financial Reporting Regulations Released” published on 18 December 2012). Although the consultation period only closed 3… Continue Reading

Results of the ACNC Regulatory Approach Consultation

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Summary – The ACNC has conducted a consultation of its regulatory approach…. and the results are now in. The Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission (ACNC) conducted a public consultation between December 2012 and 1 March 2013 on its preliminary regulatory approach statement.  The consultation has now closed and over 250 people provided feedback through either… Continue Reading

Revised Commonwealth Grant Guidelines for the Not-For-Profit Sector Released

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Summary – The Government has released revised Commonwealth Grant Guidelines for the Not-For-Profit sector in an attempt to reduce red tape and improve collaboration between Government and the Not-For-Profit sector. The Government has released revised Commonwealth Grant Guidelines for the Not-For-Profit sector. Grants are widely used by the Government to achieve government policy objectives, involving… Continue Reading

Draft Details Regarding the ACNC Annual Information Statement Released

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Summary – Draft Details Regarding the ACNC Annual Information Statement Released Under the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) Act 2012 all registered charities are required to prepare and lodge Annual Information Statements. Registered charities must submit an Annual Information Statement (AIS) to the ACNC Commissioner no later than 6 months after the charity’s end… Continue Reading