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Charities & Not-For-Profits Law in Australia

Tag Archives: Governance

School Building Funds’ Compliance Reminder

Posted in Compliance, Fundraising, General, Governance

A reminder to check your School Building Funds’ compliance with the ATO requirements. School and College Building Funds may attract the attention of the ATO’s compliance program this year.  The ATO develops and implements its compliance program annually, which identifies key areas for its compliance activities for the financial year.  The compliance program targets areas… Continue Reading

Reporting Deadline for Charities and Public Ancillary Funds Fast Approaching!

Posted in Compliance, Fundraising, General, Governance, Tax Exemptions & DGR Status

The ATO and ACNC are reminding charities and ancillary funds that the annual reporting period is fast approaching. Charities Charities registered with the ACNC (that have an annual year end of 30 June) have less than a week to submit their Annual Information Statement (AIS) to the ACNC. The AIS should be lodged via the… Continue Reading

Legal Questions for Every Charity & Not-For-Profit Organisation | Issue 3: Privacy

Posted in Governance, Liability & Risk, Privacy

In our third issue of “Legal Questions for Every Charity and Not-For-Profit Organisation” we deal with the topic of Privacy. The update forms part of our series of short summaries of legal issues that we have noticed during the course of advising our clients are common and important to charities and not-for-profit (NFP) organisations. PRIVACY  Do you know whether your organisation is required to… Continue Reading

Legal Questions for Every Charity & Not-For-Profit Organisation | Issue 1: Governance

Posted in Governance

During the course of advising charities and not-for-profit organisations over many years, we have noticed some common issues that are important to our clients. Over the next few months, we will run a series of short summaries of those legal issues that every charity and not-for-profit organisation should consider. This month we will deal with the topic of governance. It… Continue Reading

New NSW Associations Laws to Commence 1 September 2016

Posted in Compliance, General, Governance, Liability & Risk

New NSW Associations Laws to Commence on 1 September 2016 Important amendments to the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 (NSW) and the Associations Incorporation Regulation 2016 (NSW) will commence on 1 September 2016. These amendments will affect both existing Associations and the registration process for new Associations in NSW. The following summary highlights the key changes:… Continue Reading

Template Governing Document Released by the ACNC

Posted in Compliance, Fundraising, General, Governance

Last week the ACNC released a one page document to be used as a template governing document for registered charities who otherwise don’t have a constitution which satisfies the requirements of the ACNC. This template governing document is for charities which are created by an Act of Parliament or are governed by  Canon Law and… Continue Reading

Privacy Act Amendments to Regulate Businesses and Government Agencies

Posted in Compliance, General, Governance

Businesses including Not-for-Profit entities should review their privacy policies and procedures to ensure that they comply with the new Australian privacy principles before they commence on 14 March 2014. The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 is the most significant privacy reform since the Privacy Act was introduced over 25 years ago. The new… Continue Reading

CPA Guide helps ACNC Charity Compliance

Posted in Compliance, General

CPA Australia has just released a new guide “Charities – A guide to financial reporting and assurance requirements” to assist charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) to understand and comply with their various reporting obligations. This resource is the first of its kind and sets out in plain English the range… Continue Reading

NSW State Legal Conference

Posted in Compliance, General, Governance, Tax Exemptions & DGR Status

Summary – Bill d’Apice and Kylie Maxwell presented to the NSW State Legal Conference on NFP structures and the reform agenda for charities and NFPs on 27 March 2012. Bill d’Apice and Kylie Maxwell both gave presentations to many lawyers and sector representatives at the request of organisers of the NSW State Legal Conference. They addressed current issues affecting… Continue Reading