COVID-19 Update

Charities & Not For Profits

Eligibility rule changes for .org.au domain names

New domain name eligibility rules affecting the .au country code Top Level Domain came into effect on 12 April 2021. These rules will particularly affect unincorporated associations. Whereas net.au and .com.au domain names may be registered by commercial entities such as companies and businesses, .org.au domain names are reserved for ‘not-for-profit’ entities. The relevant licensing … Read More

How to Register a Charity

Making the world a better place often begins with a small idea. But this idea must be turned into a reality before it can affect the real world. Turning an idea into a reality requires organising, planning, and some legal expertise. The following article will outline the steps you should consider to help you turn … Read More

Above the DIN: Understanding the New Director Identification Number (DIN) Requirements

In the aftermath of the Banking Royal Commission, the government is increasingly concerned with accountability and governance. In December 2019, the federal government introduced several bills to Parliament. On 12 June 2020, the legislative package passed both houses of Parliament. The package included the following Acts: Commonwealth Registers Bill Act 2020 Treasury Laws Amendment (registries … Read More

Have you been unsuccessful in your charity registration application? FAL can help!

We are often called in to “rescue” charity applications which have either been unsuccessful or which look like they will be refused. Here we discuss what we routinely see going wrong in applications prepared by others, and our approach to addressing and resolving these issues. If you or your organisation is in the process of … Read More

A Tour of Charity and Not-For-Profit Government Organisations

The charity and not-for-profit (NFP) sector is a complex one from a legal and organisational perspective. There are several government organisations which regulate, oversee, or provide services to the sector. In this article we provide with a brief tour of the various relevant organisations to keep an eye out for. Commonwealth ACNC The Australian Charities … Read More

UPDATE: Face Masks in Victoria: What are the Employer’s Responsibilities?

We recently discussed the Victorian Government’s recommendation to wear face masks and the responsibility of employers. The Victorian Government announced that, from 11:59pm on Wednesday 22 July, face coverings will be mandatory for those leaving their home in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire. Fines for individuals not wearing a face covering outside their home is … Read More

New DGR Category for Men’s Sheds and Women’s Sheds

A new deductible gift recipient (DGR) category for community sheds  is currently in a bill before Parliament and could be available from 1 October 2020.[1] The new DGR category will apply to public institutions that are registered as a charity under the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 (Cth) and satisfy the definition of … Read More

Face Masks in Victoria: What are the Employer’s Responsibilities?

We have recently updated this article here! The Victorian Government has recently recommended that adults living in areas under Stage restricted areas wear face masks when in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. There will be no enforcement on the use of face masks. As such, employers will not necessarily be … Read More

Lessons for Charities following Celeste Barber Fundraiser

Celeste Barber’s staggering $51.3 million bushfire appeal demonstrates just how generous, compassionate and supportive people can be in times of need. However, the need to ask the Supreme Court of NSW’s for guidance as to how the funds can be spent also demonstrates the complexity of the laws governing charities in Australia. During last summer’s … Read More

Managing debts and cash flow

Registered charities which are incorporated as companies limited by guarantee will also be affected by the Federal Government’s initiative to provide temporary relief to financially distressed organisations. What’s happened? As part of its response to the current COVID-19 crisis, the Federal Government has recently passed a raft of changes to Australia’s insolvency and bankruptcy laws. … Read More

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