Towards the end of 2018, two pieces of legislation relating to foreign donations were passed by the Parliament, both of which may affect a small number of charities.
1. Foreign Donations reform
The Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Act 2018 came into effect on 1 January 2019 and bans donations of more than $100 from foreign governments and state-owned enterprises to all political parties, individual candidates and significant political campaigners.
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2. Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme
The Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme came into effect on 10 December 2018. Its purpose is to provide the public and government decision-makers with visibility of the nature, level and extent of foreign influence on Australia’s government and political process.
A limited number of charities that undertake activities on behalf of a foreign principal may need to register for the Scheme.
A foreign principal may include a foreign government or government-related entity, a foreign political organisation or a foreign government-related individual.
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