As the weather slowly warms, I will be making two trips to Perth in the coming months. My colleagues Assistant Commissioners David Locke and Murray Baird and I often travel across the country to meet with charities, government agencies and peak bodies. Even though the ACNC is Melbourne-based, we do this to ensure that we are accessible and available to all in the sector.
I’ll be travelling to Perth from 31 July to 3 August, and again between 11 and 14 September.
If you can’t make it to the Conference, I still have some open times in my diary to meet with representatives from the not-for-profit sector. Please contact ACNC Events to organise a time.
You can find a broader list of speaking engagements for the ACNC Executive team below in this edition of the Quarterly.
The Commonwealth Government’s submission period for its discussion paper on potential changes to the Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) tax arrangements closed on 14 July. The proposed changes aim to strengthen DGR governance, reduce complexity and ensure that eligibility is kept up to date.
The ACNC has a keen interest in any proposed changes to DGR arrangements as they would likely affect a great number of registered charities. We made a submission to Treasury outlining our view, which focused on the need for a streamlined approach to DGR endorsement, and reiterated our commitment to reducing red tape for charities.
We feel that any changes to DGR tax arrangements should be in the interests of maintaining a sustainable, diverse and innovative sector, and not add to the regulatory burden on charities.
If you would like to view the ACNC’s submission, as well as the other submissions, you can find them on the Treasury website.
Later this year, the Commonwealth Treasury will organise a review into the first five years of the operation of the ACNC Act and the ACNC Consequential and Transitional Act, as is required in the legislation.
The six month-long review will begin in December, and it is anticipated that consultation with the charity sector will occur during the review process.
The ACNC has commenced identifying potential legislative changes, including elements that have worked well and those that would benefit from a revision. We look forward to bringing these to the reviewers’ attention, and stand ready to provide support and assistance to Treasury or government in relation to the review.
As you may have seen, my term as Commissioner of the ACNC will come to an end on 30 September 2017. This date marks the end of my five-year contract.
It has and continues to be an honour to serve as the inaugural ACNC Commissioner. On a daily basis I am inspired by the hard working people who dedicate their lives to the Australian not-for-profit sector for the benefit of others.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the sector for its support over the past five years; through the establishment of the ACNC, including when the future of the organisation was uncertain.
ACNC Advisory Board Chair, Mr Tony Stuart, recently published some remarks on this matter. You can read those here.
I hope you enjoy this edition of the Quarterly.
Susan Pascoe AM