South Australia

On 24 May 2016, the South Australian Parliament passed the Statutes Amendment (Commonwealth registered Entities) Bill 2016.

The Bill reduces red tape for incorporated associations in South Australia that are ACNC registered charities by no longer requiring them to submit information to their state regulator. They will simply file their Annual Information Statement to the ACNC.

All charities registered with the ACNC will also no longer need to apply for a fundraising licence in South Australia, nor will they have to file an annual return to the state government. This will be a significant reduction in time and resources, not only for charities based in South Australia but any who fundraise there, or who do so nationally.

The Bill’s implementation date is 1 January 2017.

The South Australian Council of Social Services (SACOSS) have published a helpful factsheet to explain how the change will impact South Australian charities. You can access it at sacoss.org.au.

Tasmania

On Thursday 2 June 2016, the Tasmanian Parliament passed the Associations Incorporation Amendment Bill 2016. The passage of this Bill will result in significant red tape reduction for ACNC registered charities in the state.

The change will mean that Tasmanian incorporated associations registered with the ACNC will no longer be required to provide duplicative reporting to their state regulator.

The amendment also harmonises the threshold for a “small” charity in Tasmania, meaning that approximately 3,000 registered charities with annual revenue of less than $250,000 will no longer be required to have their accounts audited.

The legislation is scheduled to come into effect on 1 October 2016.

The Tasmanian Government have published a helpful factsheet to explain what the changes mean to charities in their state, you can find it at parliament.tas.gov.au.