In another big year for charities and not-for-profits, political upheaval, scandals across the world and advocacy wins and losses ushered in change for the social sector. As the sector contended with difficult government decisions – from red tape struggles and controversial bills – and with a highly competitive environment, it also achieved some big wins on important social issues and…

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A former Guide Dogs manager who robbed the charity of over $200,000 has avoided jail time and was instead given a three-year community correction order. Sandro Cirianni, the 49-year-old former general manager of Guide Dogs Victoria, stole the money so he could renovate his home and install a pool. He pleaded guilty to all three counts of obtaining advantage by…

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Leaders in the not-for-profit sector can apply for a global learning fellowship to develop new networks and observe leading practices. Community Sector Banking and the Churchill Trust Partnership partnered to offer two Churchill Fellowship 2019 to the Australian social sector. The long term aim of the two Fellowships is to prepare and strengthen Australian NFPs for future success. CEO of…

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The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has stripped the charity, Diwan Al Dawla, of its charity status following an investigation. Notably, the charity was highlighted for its legal battle with the Hawkesbury City Council. “No charity is above the law,” said ACNC Commissioner, Dr Gary Johns. “The ACNC is here to ensure charities do the right thing. When concerns…

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Despite ongoing corporate distrust and organisational disruption in the corporate sector, Australian charities are enjoying all-time high levels of reputation. The annual Charity RepTrak® surveyed Australians to measure overall reputation of the country’s 40 largest charities. Results found that the Royal Flying Doctor Services has maintained its position as Australia’s most reputable charity. CareFlight jumped one place from 2017 to…

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Legal experts warn that the federal government’s plan to guarantee legal protection for charities advocating traditional marriage may create a backlash, as charities scramble to clarify their legal right to advocate on other controversial issues. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Christian Porter said on Thursday the government would amend the Charities Act 2013 to clarify that religious charities advocating…

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The ACNC Act sets out three objects. This is what the ACNC was set up to achieve. To maintain, protect and enhance public trust and confidence in the sector through increased accountability and transparency, To support and sustain a robust, vibrant, independent and innovative not-for-profit sector, and; To promote the reduction of unnecessary regulatory obligations on the sector. While the…

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Transitional reporting arrangements for Tasmanian incorporated associations have now ended. This means that from the 2018 reporting period, medium and large Tasmanian charities must now prepare and submit an annual financial report complying with the ACNC’s reporting requirements. Where audited financial statements are required for large charities, the auditor must either be: A registered company auditor, or A firm with…

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From January 1 2019, a new standard in financial reporting will become mandatory for not-for-profits and charity organisations. These new accounting standards will improve transparency via a more accurate picture of economic reality and will enable donors, volunteers, employees and the public to make informed decisions. The new standard, introduced by the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB), will majorly change…

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