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Queensland reforms cut red tape for registered charities

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Red tape cuts for all Australian charities that conduct fundraising are now in place, with the latest reform now taking effect in Queensland.

Charities that conduct fundraising in Queensland which are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) are now only required to report information about their fundraising activities to the ACNC in their Annual Information Statement. The ACNC will share that information with Queensland’s Office of Fair Trading, eliminating the need for charities to report to two government bodies.

“We know charities want to focus on their main goals — to help people, animals, the environment and a range of causes. Many rely on fundraising to achieve their goals, so this reform matters to charities a great deal,” said Jenkins.

Acting ACNC Commissioner Deborah Jenkins believes this is a big step to reducing burdens on charities. ACNC is proud to have reached agreements with all state and territory jurisdictions over the past few years to achieve significant red tape cuts, and the ACNC looks forward to working with them to make further progress.

“Incorporated associations, charities, and community purpose organisations are a vital part of Queensland communities and our economy, and I’m pleased that so many will benefit from this reduction in regulatory obligations so they can focus on their core purpose of helping others,” said Queensland Attorney – General and Minister for Fair Trading, Shannon Fentiman.

Fentiman is also convinced that more than 5,000 Queensland organisations would save time and money by reducing the amount of duplicate reporting. The ACNC is now accepting submissions from all Australian charities that submit annual reports to the ACNC for their 2022 Annual Information Statement.

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Menchie Khairuddin is a writer Deputy Content Manager at Akolade and content producer for Third Sector News. She is passionate about social affairs specifically in mixed, multicultural heritage and not-for-profit organisations.


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