Download the Governance Institute’s free Good Governance Guide starter pack to help you drive best practice in your role. These guides are designed to contribute to the foundations of good governance in your NFP. To download the Guide, click here.

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Aussie Helpers approached the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission in October last year, to confirm it was meeting its reporting obligations and that the goods and funds it received were going to those in need. This followed a Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) report in August 2018 that found Aussie Helpers had retained large cash reserves from its yearly donations. The…

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On Wednesday 7 August, the Not-for-profit Stewardship Group met for the second time this year. Bringing together members from all different areas of the sector, the group focuses on working together to improve the integrity of the tax and super system. To view the matters discussed and further information on the ATO NFP Stewardship Group, click here.

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If you are an endorsed charity, your supplies are GST-free if you provide them for nominal consideration. Consideration means all payments, both monetary and non-monetary, made for the supply, regardless of who makes the payments. An endorsed charity will make a supply for nominal consideration where the consideration received satisfies any of the following tests: less than 75% of the…

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Fair Work Australia has made some updates in the Pay Calculator for the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010. Updated information includes: when overtime applies for employees working in the disability support services stream the pay rates that apply to employees working in the Northern Territory in the crisis accommodation stream. To access the Fair Work…

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A ‘trading name’ refers to an unregistered name that businesses could use before the introduction of the National Business Names Register on 28 May 2012. It is not a registered business name. A business name is a name under which an entity conducts a business. Businesses are required to register their business name if they carry on business within Australia…

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In the last few years crowdfunding platforms have raised billions of dollars worldwide, so it’s no surprise that social enterprises, not for profits and changemakers are turning to crowdfunding to raise money for their initiative or cause. But what makes a campaign successful? It can be broken down into five easy to understand Cs: Clarity Credibility Communities Channels Courage To…

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The national charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), announced that it has revoked the charity registration of 1,244 charities for repeatedly failing to meet their reporting obligations. The charities that have had their registration revoked have failed to submit two Annual Information Statements to the ACNC. Without ACNC registration, they will not be eligible for Commonwealth charity…

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Charity leaders say they are disappointed, but not surprised, that charitable fundraising was not discussed during the annual Consumer Affairs Forum meeting in New Zealand in August. Advocates had been calling on state and territory consumer ministers to make fundraising reform a high priority during the meeting, to begin the process of stripping back “outdated” fundraising laws that vary from…

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The sector could have to wait until next year for a response to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission review, says the assistant minister for charities.  Zed Seselja said he was currently working through the response to the ACNC review, meeting with charities, peak bodies and the ACNC advisory board to “fundamentally get it right”.  He stressed the federal government…

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