Nominations have opened for the 2019 Third Sector Awards, a special occasion to celebrate and recognise best NFP practice around Australia. Third Sector is looking for Australia’s most notable executive leaders and organisations that have influenced and made a difference to the sector. To view the Third Sector article in full, click here.

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A group of Australia’s top charities have joined forces to create an independent, not-for-profit fundraising organisation to provide a sustainable flow of funds to the four organisations. In a world first initiative, CanTeen, Starlight Children’s Foundation, National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and UNICEF Australia have launched Rippling, which they said would deliver transparent and cost-effective fundraising. Starlight CEO Louise Baxter…

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ACNC Quarterly

The ACNC Quarterly is your source of information about the ACNC, and showcases resources to help your charity meet its obligations to the ACNC. This quarter we cover a range of topics including the release of the Australian Charities Report 2017, the ACNC Act’s Second Object consultation, the ATO’s non-profit news service, reforms to whistleblower protections and new education and…

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Social enterprise advocates believe greater recognition of the sector’s diversity is needed to help more for-purpose businesses win corporate and government contracts. Development organisation Social Traders has provided national certification for Australian social enterprises for more than a year, but is now updating the framework to make it easier for a more diverse range of social enterprises to qualify. The…

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Oxfam GB put protecting its reputation above the need to protect children who were allegedly sexually abused by its workers, a damning report from the charity commission says. The commission’s inquiry found the charity did not report allegations of sexual abuse by Oxfam staff in Haiti in 2011, failing to take alleged victims seriously enough. The 150-page report said Oxfam…

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South Australia has introduced stronger, more effective, and transparent screening laws for people working or volunteering with children. The new laws mean that, from 1 July 2019, everyone working or volunteering with children must have valid child-related screening. The new working with children check (WWCC) that is being introduced from 1 July 2019 replaces the current system, where people can…

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Deductions for donations

Share with your donors this fact sheet if your NFP is endorsed as a DGR. This summarises what they need to consider before claiming a deduction at tax time. To view the ATO fact sheet in full, click here.

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The ATO recently updated its guidance on how to treat super guarantee on leave loading for your employees. It is the ATO’s view that in some circumstances annual leave loading is considered a part of ordinary time earnings (OTE), which is used as a basis for employer super contributions. If you have previously self-assessed on the basis that your employees’…

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A former charity boss who abused his position to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from his employers will spend at least two years in an Adelaide prison. Michael Scott Lawson Clark, 40, stole more than $350,000 from youth and homeless charity SYC between January 2016 and November 2018 while serving as its executive. Adelaide District Court Judge Paul Muscat…

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Australia’s new whistleblower protection legislation means many charities might need to change their approach to managing disclosures. But some of us also might need to change how we think about whistleblowing. Australia has just passed new whistleblower protection legislation, with significant implications for many Australian organisations. This has led to interesting conversations about how best to respond to the legislation,…

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