WA Government Considers Red-Tape Reduction Measures

The Western Australian Government is considering red-tape reduction measures for charities registered with the ACNC. Not-for-profit Law has welcomed the opportunity for reform.

In a letter to the Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations, the Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Not-for-profit Law commended the WA government for actively considering red-tape reduction measures for charities registered with ACNC. The proposed changes to the Charitable Collections Act 1946 (WA) (Charitable Collections Act) include:

  • aligning state licensing requirements with the ACNC’s registration and ongoing governance requirements for registered charities
  • extending the period of fundraising licence beyond three years, and
  • streamlining reporting arrangements for WA licensed charities registered with the ACNC.

Not-for-profit Law also took the opportunity to suggest the Western Australian Government make further changes to fully remove the red tape burden it identified by:

  1. repealing the Charitable Collections Act and its associated regulations (Charitable Collections Regulations 1947), and
  2. working with other state and territory governments to clarify and extend the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) to ensure its application to fundraising activities is clear and broad, and it will deliver one nationally-consistent fundraising regulatory framework.

To view more on Not-for-profit Law’s work to fix fundraising, click here.

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