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‘After decades of discussion, the time has come for real reform for the charitable sector,’ according to Rev Tim Costello, Chair of the Community Council for Australia (CCA) and CEO of World Vision. 

CCA's 2012 Annual General Meeting was held on the 27th of June at Parliament House in Canberra. 24 CCA members attended the Senate Committee Room meeting and were joined the Assistant Treasurer the Hon. David Bradbury MP over lunch. Minister Bradbury provided an update for members on the government's NFP reform agenda, providing some insight into the ACNC legislation and answering questions from members around the government's 'Better Targeting' initative.

30 April,2014, Sydney

There is approximately $500 million of unclaimed funds in lapsed financial accounts in Australia. As part of our 2014 budget submission, CCA has called for the investment of these funds to help build capacity in the not-for-profit sector.

CCA invites members to join CEO David Crosbie, and corporate engagement expert Ian Cook in a roundtable discussion in Sydney on this topic. Ian has conducted extensive research on this matter, and we would value member's input as we progress this concept.

2014

Free NFP Briefing – ACNC and Tax Update

8.30-10am, 5 March, CBD Melbourne

David Locke from the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission will provide an update on activities of the ACNC and likely future developments and Mark Northeast of Pitcher Partners will focus on the latest developments in tax issues facing NFP organisations.

Register here.

 Introduction

This submission briefly outlines the CCA response to the Exposure Draft Bills establishing the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC). This submission does not attempt to address every aspect of the proposed ACNC Bills but seeks to place the Bills within a broader context and address key issues from both the Bills and the Explanatory Materials.

Overview of key issues

Support for reform

CCA strongly supports the overall directions for CFAR reform of the Commonwealth Financial Framework as outlined in the CFAR Discussion Paper. 

‘The financial Framework should support government operations to create public value.  It should promote the efficient and effective achievement of outcomes and provide for high levels of transparency and accountability.’                        (Chapter 4, Directions for reform pg. 19)

Executive summary

CCA supports the apparent policy intent of the draft legislation that is to ensure income tax exempt entities generally must be operated principally in Australia and for the broad benefit of the Australian community.  Likewise, deductible gift recipients (DGRs) generally must be operated solely in Australia and for the broad benefit of the Australian community.

Informing principles for new fundraising regulation

Following the announcement today that the ACNC draft legislation will be referred to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics for review, please see below for a summary of the key changes to the bill. The full draft legislation and explanatory notes can be accessed here

 

KEY CHANGES TO THE AUSTRALIAN CHARITIES AND NOT‑FOR-PROFITS (ACNC) BILLS