Transcript

Matt

Good afternoon and welcome to the ACNC’s webinar on what to do before you apply to register a charity. I’m Matt Crichton and with me today is April Kitchenham. We are from the ACNC’s education team, and we’ll be presenting today’s session.

Also assisting us today by answering your questions live during the webinar are Zane Worthington, a member of our Advice team, and Carolyn Doyle, a member of the ACNC’s Legal team.

This session aims to help you to understand what you need to consider before applying to register an organisation as a charity, and what information you will need to have available when you do apply. We’ll be having a look at issues such as legal structure and charitable purpose.

There will be information for people who haven’t yet set up their charity and for those who have an existing not-for-profit but are considering whether or not to apply for charity registration. Depending on your situation, the information you need will be different, but we’ll try to answer as many of your questions as we can.

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  • We will answer your questions directly and privately, but if we think the answers would be useful for everyone, we can also respond to everyone – this will show the question and our reply.
  • We suggest you keep your questions general, rather than very specific and in a way that identifies your charity.
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April

So, here’s a summary of what we’ll look at today:

  • A bit about us, and what we do and don’t do
  • An overview of what a charity is, compared with a not-for-profit
  • Thinking about whether to register or not
  • And then, what you need to do before you apply.

We’ll start with a quick overview of the ACNC, our role and what we do and don’t do.

Matt

Let’s look first at what the ACNC does. The ACNC is Australia’s national independent regulator of charities.

We register charities, who can then say that they have:

    • met our requirements for registration, and
    • agreed to be accountable and meet our governance standards.

With registration, they are also able to apply for charity tax concessions and other benefits. We maintain an online database of every registered charity in Australia. We regulate charities by reviewing their compliance with their obligations to us, including meeting the governance standards.

We look into concerns about charities raised by the public and other government agencies. We provide advice, guidance and education to charities on their obligations to the ACNC, and on good governance practice. And finally, we have a responsibility in all of our work to try to reduce red tape for charities.

April

So we’ve covered what the ACNC does. But what doesn’t the ACNC do?

We do not resolve internal disputes within charities

The ACNC only deals with complaints and issues that relate to the legal requirements for charities under the ACNC laws. Other organisations that may be able to assist with internal disputes include dispute resolution centres in your state, such as the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria.

The ACNC is additional to, not a substitute for, your incorporating regulator, such as a state consumer affairs agency if your charity is an incorporated association.

We do have some arrangements in place to accept some reporting to state or territory regulators.

We are not an advocacy body for the sector

The ACNC is a government body – it does not advocate for charities. Sector peak bodies such as ACOSS, the state and territory Councils of Social Services and your service peak bodies (for example, for education groups) do this on your behalf.

We are not trying to run your organisation or tell you how to run your organisation

We don’t have the power to manage your organisation, only to require that you meet our requirements under the law. Beyond this - how you run your charity is up to you.

The ACNC does not provide legal advice

We can give you information on what you need to do to register and remain registered as a charity, but we cannot give you legal advice on your organisation’s particular circumstances. We may be able to refer you to those who can.

The ACNC is separate to the ATO and other government agencies

The ACNC is necessarily independent of other government agencies and is tailored to the charity sector. The ATO – not the ACNC – decides tax issues, like whether your organisation will be endorsed as a deductible gift recipient (or DGR). However, the ATO accepts the ACNC’s determinations of which organisations are charities, and what types of charities they are.

Matt

Despite being called the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, at the moment we onlyregulate registered charities. As you can see in this slide, there is a large number of not-for-profits in Australia, with only a proportion of those being registered charities, and another small proportion being deductible gift recipients (DGRs).

So what is a not-for-profit?

Generally, a not-for-profit is an organisation that does not operate for the profit, personal gain or other benefit of particular people. It can make a profit, but the profit must be used to achieve its purpose.

Not all not-for-profits are charities – charities are a subset of not-for-profits, and have ‘charitable’ purposes for the public benefit.

You’ll need to show the ACNC that your organisation meets the legal definition of charity when you apply to register it.

So what is a deductible gift recipient (DGR)?

DGR endorsement is a tax concession that is granted by the Australian Taxation Office (the ATO). This is the concession that allows donors to deduct the amount of their donation from their taxable income when they lodge their tax return. Not all charities have this endorsement. Only a small proportion of charities and not-for-profits are eligible.

Now we’ll look at some of the things to consider when you’re deciding whether to apply to register your organisation as a charity.

April

There are a few essential things to consider before you decide whether you want to apply to register a charity. It is important to do some background research and ask some questions before you start.

Starting a new charity?

If you are considering starting a new charity, you should ask whether setting up a new charity is the best way to achieve your goals, or whether there is another not-for-profit you could support or pool resources with.

For example, many people decide they want to raise funds for research into specific diseases after the illness of a loved one, or raise funds for a disadvantaged or disaster-affected community they have visited. Setting up a new charity is not the only option – in fact, there is a lot of work involved in this. In many cases, it may be more effective to contribute to a charity that already exists or to set up a trust which could be earmarked to go towards a specific existing charity or NFP.

You can search the ACNC Register for free to find charities that may already be doing the type of work you want to do – just go to acnc.gov.au/findacharity. Also, visit the ‘Getting started’ section of the ATO’s Not-for-profit area of ato.gov.au.

Registering your existing NFP?

If you have an existing not-for-profit, consider whether it might be eligible to register as a charity, and whether this is worth doing.

Many worthwhile organisations operate on a not-for-profit basis – such as local sporting clubs or Lions clubs – but may either not be eligible to be registered or registration may not provide sufficient benefit for them. We’ll talk more about eligibility later.

You may not need to be registered to receive tax concessions. Some not-for-profits can self-assess and get tax concessions or benefits without being registered as a charity with the ACNC, and still achieve their goals.

When you’re thinking about these things, you can also use our checklist to help you decide – go to acnc.gov.au/startcharity.

Matt

If you do want to register your not-for-profit as a charity, you might ask what the benefits are and what you will need to register.

One of the main benefits is that your organisation will be eligible to apply to the ATO for charity tax concessions, such as income tax exemption or GST concessions.

Depending on its charitable purpose, your organisation may also be able to apply for additional tax benefits as a public benevolent institution (PBI), health promotion charity (HPC) or as a charity advancing religion.

It may be able to apply for endorsement for certain categories of endorsement as deductible gift recipient (DGR) and receive a range of other Commonwealth concessions, benefits or exemptions available to charities.

And finally, you will have a free online presence on the ACNC Register where the public can find out about your charity and see that it is regulated by the ACNC.

April

Each registered charity has ongoing obligations to the ACNC and must meet these to remain registered.

First, charities must be not-for-profit and pursue their charitable purpose.

Secondly, charities must notify the ACNC of certain changes and report annually to us. A registered charity must notify us:

  • changes to its legal name
  • changes to its address for service - that is, where legal documents can be sent
  • changes to its ‘responsible persons’ - these are the directors, committee members, or trustees, or
  • changes to its governing documents - such as its constitution, rules or trust deed.

In addition to this, all charities (except corporations registered with the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations) must report to us by submitting an Annual Information Statement (and, for medium and large charities, a financial report) every year. This statement is due within six months of the end of a charity’s reporting period and is submitted online through the ACNC Charity Portal.

Thirdly, charities must keep financial and operational records.

Fourthly, charities must meet the ACNC’s governance standards. All charities (except a very specific group of basic religious charities) must comply with the ACNC’s governance standards. These 5 standards set out a minimum standard of governance to help promote public trust and confidence in charities.

And finally, as well as meeting the ACNC’s requirements, you must continue to meet any other obligations your charity has under other laws or to other government agencies. For example, if a charity is an incorporated association, it will still have to report to its incorporated associations regulator.

Matt

We’re going to look next at what you need to have sorted out before you apply. You need to know the following about your organisation:

  • Is it eligible to be a charity? That is, in short, is it not-for-profit and have a charitable purpose for the public benefit?
  • What is its legal structure?
  • Does it have an ABN?
  • Do you have a publishable name for your charity and details of its board or committee members?
  • What tax concessions do you want, and do you know what you’re eligible for?

First of all, for your organisation to be registered as a charity, it must operate on a not-for-profit basis, both while it is operating and when it ‘winds up’ (or closes down).

  • This means that it cannot operate for the profit, personal gain or other benefit of particular people such as its members, the people who run it or their friends or relatives.
  • An organisation can still be a not-for-profit if it provides a benefit to a member while genuinely carrying out its purpose.
  • A not-for-profit can pay a staff member and, sometimes, a board or committee member for their work, but not an unreasonable amount. The payment must not exceed commercial terms and be consistent with the level of work done.
  • A not-for-profit can make profit and have a surplus. These must be used or intended to be used for its charitable purpose. A NFP can keep its profits as long as the reason is in line with its purpose. For example, it may be saving up for a new project or accumulating a reserve so it continues to be sustainable.
  • Not-for-profits should not hold onto significant profits indefinitely, as this may suggest that it is not working solely towards its charitable purpose.

You can demonstrate that your organisation is not-for-profit by including clauses in your governing documents that state this. The two clauses on the slide are examples of how you can do this, and this information is also on our website at acnc.gov.au/notforprofit.

  • The not-for-profit clause sets out how the organisation’s assets and income are used and distributed while it is operating.
  • The dissolution clause sets out what happens to the organisation’s assets if it dissolves or winds up.

Some organisations can also show that they are not-for-profit through the operation of certain laws, such as state or territory incorporated associations legislation or trust law (for example, charitable trusts).

April

After demonstrating that your organisation is not-for-profit, you need to show that it has a charitable purpose. This is one of the most important elements. If your organisation is registered as a charity, this charitable purpose usually becomes what we refer to as a charity ‘subtype’.

I’ll just explain this concept of a ‘charitable purpose’

A charitable purpose is the reason a charity has been set up and what its activities work towards achieving. Some people may refer to it as the charity’s ‘object’ or ‘mission’.

'Charitable purpose' has a special legal meaning, developed over years by courts and parliament. The courts have recognised many different charitable purposes, and as society changes new charitable purposes are accepted.

Since 1 January 2014, the Charities Act 2013 (Cth) has defined what a charity is for ACNC purposes. This lists 12 charitable purposes, which are listed here on the screen. As you can see, the 12 purposes listed cover a wide range of areas, from advancing religion, advancing education, to advancing the natural environment and promoting or protecting human rights.

Some types of purposes that would be considered charitable include:

  • helping people who are experiencing some type of disadvantage ( for example due to ill health, poverty, or age)
  • raising awareness of health issues
  • advancing culture, such as preserving Australian Indigenous heritage through a museum, or promoting the arts, or
  • protecting the safety of the public, such as through a surf life-saving service.

Some organisations have purposes that may be beneficial for the community but are not charitable at law. For example:

  • sport-related purposes are generally not charitable. However, they may become charitable if they have a specific charitable focus, for example, if they are part of a curriculum for a school or are to assist people suffering from a particular disadvantage,
  • social or recreational purposes are not charitable.

Some purposes that are specifically NOT considered charitable include:

  • providing private benefits to people, such as members of an association, profession, or industry
  • engaging in or promoting activities that are unlawful or contrary to public policy
  • and the purpose of promoting or opposing a political party or candidate.

To be registered with the ACNC your organisation must also have only charitable purposes, or purposes which are just ancillary or incidental to a charitable purpose. Ancillary or incidental purposes are the minor purposes that further or support the charity’s main charitable purpose.

For example, an organisation that holds regular film nights for members may have an important social purpose, but this would not be charitable. But, if, instead, the film night was held to raise funds for the organisation’s charitable purpose, then this may be seen as being incidental to a charitable purpose.

Matt

Finally, your organisation’s charitable purpose must be for the public benefit.

There are many ways it can benefit the public – it can provide goods, services, education, counselling or spiritual guidance, or improve the environment. There are some purposes that are presumed to be for the public benefit, unless there is evidence otherwise. These purposes include, advancing education, relieving poverty, and advancing religion.

Charities may benefit the public generally, or a particular group of people (for example, a local community, refugees, or young people).

Charities do not have to benefit everyone in a community, but any restrictions must be consistent with their charitable purpose. For example:

  • a food bank could restrict its beneficiaries to people who cannot afford their own food, but it could not restrict it to people based on their appearance.
  • a health care support service may limit its activities to a particular geographic location.

Your organisation may not be a charity if it is too restrictive with who can receive benefits. For example, an organisation set up to provide scholarships to employees of a particular employer is unlikely to be a charity.

If you are setting up a new charity, when you’re deciding which of the charitable purposes in the Charities Act might apply to your charity, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does the purpose really say what the organisation wants to achieve?
  • Will it be continue to be suitable over time?
  • Will the activities of the organisation work towards this purpose?

This is really important: only choose charitable purposes that really match what your charity wants to achieve.

Read more at acnc.gov.au/charitablepurpose.

April

As well as the 12 charitable purposes or subtypes in the Charities Act, there are two additional subtypes that your charity may be registered with. If your charity qualifies for one of these subtypes, it may be eligible for endorsement by the ATO as DGR (a deductible gift recipient).

  • The first DGR subtype is public benevolent institution (or PBI).
  • The second DGR subtype is health promotion charity (or HPC).

As we mentioned earlier, only a small proportion of registered charities are DGRs, as there are very specific requirements for these DGR subtypes. Few charities will be eligible.

First look carefully at your charitable purposes, and if you need help deciding which DGR category may be appropriate then please contact the ATO or visit its website for more information.

We will provide a link in the follow-up email to the information on the ATO’s website about DGR categories and their requirements.

Matt

Before you apply to register, you need to know what your organisation’s legal structure is.

If you are starting a charity from scratch, the legal structure you choose to use is one of the most important decisions you make. With the right legal structure, your organisation will:

  • be able carry out its activities effectively and in compliance with the law
  • be able to evolve as it grows or changes, and
  • be in a better position to deal with legal issues if they occur.

Some types of charities, such as certain ancillary funds, must be set up using a particular legal structure. The ATO has particular requirements for this.

If you are choosing or reviewing the legal structure of your organisation, there are a number of factors to consider, such as:

  • the size of your charity, and complexity of its activities
  • whether your charity will want to operate in more than one state or territory, or even overseas
  • whether your charity will have employees or volunteers
  • the type of accountability your charity will have to its members (if any) and the public
  • the potential personal liability of members or office holders for things done by them on behalf of the charity
  • whether your charity will be applying for government grants, and
  • the value and nature of assets held by the charity.

There are many types of legal structure. Examples of common legal structures for charities are:

  • incorporated associations
  • companies limited by guarantee
  • indigenous corporations
  • co-operatives
  • private and public ancillary funds
  • trusts, and
  • unincorporated associations.

April

You cannot register as a charity if you are an individual or your organisation is a political party or a government entity.

The ACNC cannot give advice on which legal structure you should choose – we can just provide some information on the different options. You may want to get legal advice on your situation, as your organisation’s legal structure has very important consequences for how your charity operates now and in the future. There is more information on our website, and available from the ATO and other not-for-profit regulators, as set out in the slide.

Matt

Before you can apply to register as a charity, you will need an ABN for your organisation.

If you are setting up a new charity, or don’t have an ABN for your NFP, you can apply for an ABN online at the Australian Business Register website – that is abr.gov.au. It can take some time to get your ABN.

When applying for an ABN you need to note three things:

  • Make sure the name under which you are applying for an ABN is exactly the same as what you have chosen as the charity’s legal name and is in your governing documents
  • Check that the ABN ‘entity type’ is the right one for the legal structure you have created. If it isn’t you may need to reapply for a new ABN and this could delay your charity application
  • Apply for your ABN as soon as possible – we cannot register your charity before the date the ABN commences.

If you have enquiries about the progress of your Australian Business Number (ABN) application we suggest you contact the Australian Business Register, between 8.00am and 6.00pm (AEST), Monday to Friday, on 13 92 26.

April

Once you know or have decided on your charity’s legal structure, you will need to create or have access to your governing documents. These may be (for example) its rules, constitution, articles of association or trust deed.

The governing document is a very important part of the registration application, and you will be asked to provide a copy. It must set out, as a bare minimum:

  • the purpose of the charity
  • that the charity will operate on a not-for-profit basis both during its lifetime and also if and when the charity is wound up.

It may also set out important aspects of the organisation’s operations, such as:

  • its membership rules
  • how it will make decisions
  • how meetings will be held
  • how people are appointed to the organisation’s governing body, such as its committee of management or board and the powers they have.

If you believe your organisation may be eligible for DGR endorsement, you will need to include certain clauses in your governing documents. Find out more at acnc.gov.au/notforprofit.

You can also find more information and an example on the ATO website – again, we will provide a link to this information in the follow-up email, so there is no need to worry about trying to find it or write it down now.

Matt

On our website, there is information about template governing documents for different types of legal structures.

If you are starting a new charity, or want to upgrade your not-for-profit’s governing document, you can use a template. The template you select will depend upon the type of structure your organisation has or will have. For example, for people who want to register a company limited by guarantee, we have a template constitution available on our website.

Similarly, if you’re setting up an incorporated association all of the state regulators of incorporated associations have a standard set of rules (often called the model rules). ORIC has a standard set of rules for indigenous corporations too.

When using a template you will need to:

  • make sure you’ve got the right one for the legal structure of your charity
  • adapt the template to suit your charity’s needs, and
  • make sure you meet the requirements of BOTH the ACNC and any other relevant regulator

If you want to create your own governing document, it must contain all the necessary clauses for us to register your organisation as a charity. It must also be suitable to support the governance of your organisation in the future. If you are unsure about how to get a suitable governing document, you may want to get professional advice.

April

Another thing you need to consider is your charity’s name, and using it as part of your registration.

If you already have a NFP set up, its legal name is generally the same name that you have registered with any other regulator such as ASIC, Fair Trading/Consumer Affairs or ORIC. It should be the name that is on the front of your governing documents.

If you are starting a new organisation, you can choose your organisation’s name. There are some important things to know when you are doing it, though:

  • Some regulators require the name to include the type of legal structure. For example you will often see company names ending in ’Limited’ or incorporated association names ending in ’Incorporated’
  • Many regulators, including the ACNC, are unlikely to accept or publish the names of organisations with the same, or a very similar name to that of another already registered organisation. This is because of the potential confusion this can cause.

When choosing a new name, you should:

  • consider choosing something distinctive, so that someone can find your charity when searching the Register. Don’t call it ‘The Museum Trust’, for example, which might return hundreds of charities with these common words in their name
  • avoid using words or acronyms that could cause offence in English or another language
  • check that you have permission to use the name, for example if it’s somebody’s name or subject to intellectual property rights (such as a trademark), and
  • avoid misleading names, for example suggesting the charity does something or works in a particular location when in fact it doesn’t.
  • it might be handy to use the ACNC Register to search for names of existing charities, and also the Australian Business Register (you can see the URLs to those websites on your screen).

Matt

To register a charity, you will need to tell us the details of what the ACNC calls your ‘responsible persons’. These are the people responsible for the governance and direction of the charity. The ACNC charity application asks for details of all your organisation’s responsible persons; not just one. You must includes their names, dates of birth and addresses.

Because the responsible persons are the people who have ultimate responsibility for controlling the direction and the governance of a charity, it is important to choose appropriate people for these roles. It is also important that the responsible persons understand what their roles involve.

Those responsibilities include directing the affairs of the charity, ensuring that it is able to meet its liabilities and is well-run, and ensuring that the charity pursues the charitable purposes it was set up for.

The charity has obligations under the ACNC governance standards to make sure these people are suitable and understand these duties. In rare situations responsible persons may be suspended or removed from their roles by the ACNC.

April

So how do you know who your organisation’s responsible persons are? This can be clearer for some charities than others.

Some common examples are in this table.

Incorporated association

Members of the committee of management

Company limited by guarantee

Directors

Indigenous corporation

Directors

Trust

Trustees or the directors of a corporate trustee

Co-operative

Directors

Organisation incorporated another way (such as by an Act of Parliament)

Depends on the legislation or charter (may be a trustee, director or council member)

Unincorporated association

Not always clear (for example, for a religious organisation, may be a central governing body and branches)

Matt

One final thing you need to consider before starting your application is what tax concessions may be available for your charity. The ACNC does not endorse tax concessions, though; this is done by the ATO.

Your charity must be registered with the ACNC before it can receive charity tax concessions from the Australian Taxation office (ATO).

The main types of charity tax concessions are:

  • income tax exemptions
  • refunds on franking credits on dividends
  • goods and services tax (GST) concessions, and
  • fringe benefits tax rebates

Some charities may also be eligible to apply for endorsement as a DGR. But this is limited to a few categories of charities that meet certain specific criteria.

So how do you apply for charity tax benefits?

You can do this using the same registration form. After the ACNC has decided your charity status, we will pass on your application for tax benefits to the ATO.

The ATO accepts our decision on charity status and decides which tax concessions your charity is entitled to, depending on your registered charity subtype.

The ATO may also have additional requirements (or special conditions) that you must meet before you receive particular tax concessions. The ATO provides guidance on www.ato.gov.au under ‘Getting started’, on what you need to start a not-for-profit and the types of concessions available to them.

There may also be some concessions available on certain state taxes. However, this depends on the state and the type of organisation your charity is. For more information about state-based tax concessions, you should contact the revenue office in your state. acnc.gov.au/regulatorlist

April

Okay, so you’ve decided your organisation may be eligible to register as a charity, you have an ABN and you’ve weighed up the benefits and obligations.

Now: how do you go about applying to register your organisation as a charity?

Use our online application form – go to acnc.gov.au/register

There are no fees involved. Applying is free, and being registered is free. As you work through the application form, you can refer to the registration guide, which is available online. The form itself is not difficult to use if you have all the information you need ready, so it is a good idea to read the guide first to get an idea of what information you’ll need. The ACNC will work with you to see if your organisation can, where possible, be registered. So please feel free to ask questions and seek clarification if you have any concerns during your application. You can call or email our Advice Services team for help.

Matt

And what happens after you have made an application?

Your application will be assigned to a Registration Analyst to consider in detail. They will contact you to introduce themselves and they will also contact you to ask you for further information, if needed. You can ask them for further information or clarify any concerns you may have.

If you have forgotten to include, say, a winding up clause in your charity’s governing documents, your analyst will give you the opportunity to correct the omission before finalising your application. We generally process applications within 28 days of receiving all the required information.

We will write to tell you if your application has been successful and send you a charity pack. In the charity pack you will receive:

  • a registration letter, signed by the Commissioner
  • a registration certificate
  • a password to log in to the ACNC Charity Portal, and
  • information about being a registered charity, including its ongoing obligations.

If your application is not successful, we will write to tell you why. You can ask for our decision to be reviewed.

April

Of course we do get applications from organisations that we can’t register. Some of the common issues that we see are:

Lack of a suitable set of rules

This means we can’t identify the organisation’s objects or whether it is not-for-profit. Sometimes these organisations just need a bit more time and assistance to get their documents in order. We often find that such organisations reapply at a later date. This is fine – no black marks are given if you aren’t successful the first time around

The organisation does not have a charitable purpose or has both charitable AND non-charitable purposes

We have spoken today about what being charitable means for ACNC purposes. We sometimes get sporting or social clubs applying and unfortunately, while these clubs may have very worthwhile purposes, they are not charitable.

Private benefit to members

Some organisations may have a charitable purpose but they also provide a private benefit to their members. For example, an organisation that is set up to promote the arts (which is charitable) but does this by promoting works for sale of particular artists who are members of the organisation would not be eligible to be a charity.

The slide sets out some of the common issues the ATO sees, such as missing or conflicting information, missing clauses or a mismatch between DGR item numbers and charity purposes.

Matt

So there’s an overview of the key things to keep in mind, whether you are starting a new charity or considering registering your existing NFP as a charity. We hope that has been useful for everyone who joined us today.

For more information, please visit acnc.gov.au – we have plenty of information on starting a charity, registering a charity and charity tax concessions.

Visit www.ato.gov.au/non-profit for more information on taxation concessions and ATO endorsement.
We also recommend the content at Not-for-profit Law’s information hub which can be found at nfplaw.org.au.

April

You can stay in touch with the ACNC in a number of ways, particularly by subscribing to our updates via the homepage.

Find out more information about the ACNC’s program of webinars at acnc.gov.au/webinars. You can watch past webinars and look at the transcripts.

Call us on 13 ACNC – which is 13 22 62. Our phone lines are open between 9.00 am and 6.00 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time – and they are staffed by helpful people who understand the charity sector and can provide advice on how charities can meet their obligations to the ACNC.

Our staff are trained to give general advice on a range of topics related to the regulation of charities. You can also email them at advice@acnc.gov.au – this is a particularly good idea if your issue is complex or if you think it will need detailed consideration.

And, of course, we’re active on social media – so you can find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

You can also get more information from the ATO, on starting a not-for-profit and on tax concessions and benefits.

Matt
We’ll finish the formal part of the presentation there.

Thank you for joining us today and for your questions. We will remain online to answer questions for another ten minutes or so, but and can share answers to questions that may have broad interest. If you have questions that are specific to your particular charity, or are particularly complex we recommend you contact our Advice Services team, or – if it relates to DGR endorsement or other tax issues – the ATO’s Non-profit team.

Remember that the ACNC runs webinars for charities at least monthly on a broad range of topics. You can check the topics and sign up webinars at acnc.gov.au/webinars.

If you’re interested in being kept up to date on webinars, please let us know in the survey at the end of this webinar. We’d also appreciate any feedback you have, so that we can make any improvements to future webinars. You can also get in touch with the ACNC Education team directly at education@acnc.gov.au.

Thanks April for speaking with me today, and to Zane and Carolyn answering all the questions throughout. And thanks to everyone for attending. Goodbye and see you next time.