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dgrs to be registers with the acnc after 14th December 2021

2 Months to Go: DGRs to be ACNC-registered after 14 December 2021

By Julian Ryan, Senior Associate and Olivia Cassano, Lawyer. As of 14 December 2021, all non-government deductible gift recipients (DGRs) must also be registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Significantly, these recent changes are part of a broader reform to Australia’s DGR framework, first announced almost four years ago.  Moreover, one of … 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

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

Governance: Comments from the regulator

The ACNC has published commentary on how the COVID-19 crisis will affect the ACNC, as well as charities and not-for-profits. The comments recognise the current climate might restrict a charity’s ability to hold regular Annual General Meetings, submit its Annual Information Statement (AIS) and otherwise conduct its operations as usual. Holding meetings Many charities will … Read More

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