Charities provide an important service to communities around Australia, including air and sea rescue services. To support this vital service, in June 2012 the Government launched the Charities Maritime and Aviation Support (CMAS) Program. Under CMAS, charities receive financial assistance to cover the cost increase associated with the effective carbon price on aviation and maritime fuels purchased for eligible transport activities which came into effect on 1 July 2012.
Since opening, a range of charities are receiving payments under CMAS, such as marine rescue services, helicopter rescue services and surf lifesaving services.
To be eligible for assistance under CMAS, a charity must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
- be a registered charity,
- be endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) by the Commissioner of Taxation, and
- the maritime and/or aviation activities must be in respect to the DGR status.
Assistance is based on an estimation of fuel use for the previous 12 months and provided upfront to
ensure that charities do not experience cash flow issues with any increase in fuel costs.
If you haven’t applied to date but are eligible, your application will be back dated to 1 July 2012 in line with the effective carbon price on aviation and maritime fuels.
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