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Charities & Not-For-Profits Law in Australia

Monthly Archives: June 2013

Statutory Definition of Charity Passed by Parliament

Posted in Compliance, General, Governance

In our blog on 3 June 2013 we wrote that the Federal Government had introduced the Charities Bill 2013 and Charities (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013 into Parliament. On 27 June 2013 only 1 day before Parliament rose and despite resistance from the opposition, the Bills passed unamended and are scheduled to commence… Continue Reading

Statutory Definition of Charity Introduced to Parliament

Posted in Compliance, General, Governance

In our blog on 9 April 2013 we wrote that the Federal Government had released an exposure draft of the Charities Bill 2013 and Charities (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013 for consultation. On Wednesday 29 May 2013, almost three weeks after consultation on the Bill closed the Government introduced an amended version of… Continue Reading

Freedom to Advocate Bill Passed by Parliament

Posted in Compliance, Governance

Legislation to invalidate clauses in Commonwealth agreements with Not-For-Profit (NFP) entities that restricts or prevents NFPs from advocating on Commonwealth law, policy or actions was passed on Tuesday 28 May 2013 by the Federal Parliament. As a result of this Act, any clause in Commonwealth agreements that restrict or prevent NFP entities from advocating about… Continue Reading

ACNC – Religious Institutions

Posted in Compliance, General, Tax Exemptions & DGR Status

There may be some unforeseen tax consequences for religious institutions with the passing of the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Act 2012 (ACNC Act). Religious institutions (e.g. Dioceses, Parishes and Orders) are generally considered to be unincorporated associations in civil law.  An unincorporated association does not have a distinct legal status separate from its members. Because… Continue Reading