The ACNC Commissioner has just released the ACNC’s Interpretation Statement on Public Benevolent Institutions. The Interpretation Statement provides guidance on the ACNC’s interpretation of the law pertaining to Public Benevolent Institutions (PBI) and insight into how the ACNC and its staff will assess a charitable organisation’s entitlement for endorsement as a PBI. The Interpretation
New NSW Associations Laws to 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:…
Following two years of speculation regarding the future of the charity regulator, earlier today the Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter confirmed that the Federal Government has decided to keep the Australian Charities and Not-for Profits Commission (ACNC).
The Liberal Government was elected on a platform to abolish the ACNC and a Bill…
In a further step to provide a user-friendly and reliable source of data for the community, last week the Australian Business Register (ABR) and Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission (ACNC) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate data sharing between the two agencies.
Occasionally, there are data discrepancies between the two…
Future of the ACNC slowly becomes more certain
Earlier this month, the (then) Minister for Social Services Scott Morrison stated that “there is very strong support for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and I don’t believe there would be any support in the Senate for there to be any change.” Many in the…
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…
On 2 March 2012, we reported that new laws had been introduced regarding the way public ancillary funds are structured, operated and wound up.
What is a Public Ancillary Fund?
A Public Ancillary Fund is a type of fund that is entitled to deductible gift recipient (DGR) status and provides a link between…
The ACNC’s Future Becoming More Certain
Barely 7 weeks into his new role Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison declared on Friday that scrapping the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is not a priority in his new portfolio.
His statement to Fairfax Media demonstrates a clear and decisive policy shift away from…
The NSW Government has amended the Education Act to strengthen the not-for-profit requirements for non-Government schools. The rules have got tougher and non-compliance could result in a loss of funding.
What organisations does this affect?
These changes affect all non-Government schools in New South Wales in receipt of funding from the NSW Government.
What other changes
Those in the sector will be familiar with the provisions of section 21A of the Education Act which provided that NSW Government funding would not be available to schools that operated for profit. Section 21A(3) detailed what payments by a non-Government school would not affect its “non-profit” status.
The ATO has released the Draft Special Conditions Ruling TR 2014/D5 – Income Tax: special conditions for various entities whose ordinary and statutory income is exempt
- An entity must comply with all the substantive requirements in its governing rules (Governing Rules Condition); and
- An entity must apply its income and assets solely for the purpose for which the entity is established (Income and Assets Condition).
What organisations or entities does the ruling apply to?
The ruling applies to a number of income tax exempt entities (but not all) which are listed at Section 50 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (ITAA).