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Responses to Draft Legislation on Improving PPFs

Staff Reporter, Monday, 22nd June 2009 -  Philanthropy Australia has warned that draft legislation aimed at improving the integrity of Prescribed Private Funds still leaves donors and trustees with an undesirable lack of certainty.

Pro Bono Lawyers Project

Staff Reporter, Monday, 22nd June 2009 -  The Federal Government is to fund a project to help retired lawyers and lawyers taking a break from their careers to become involved in pro bono legal work.

The Economic Downturn and Demand for Third Sector Services

Staff Reporter, Monday, 22nd June 2009 -  Charities and giving research group Givewell is studying the effect of the financial crisis on the demands for Third Sector services in Australia with a new online survey.

Call to Review Pensioner Transport Scheme

Staff Reporter, Monday, 22nd June 2009 -  NSW disability providers are calling on the Federal Government to review the current disability transport scheme and consider the minor improvements needed to ensure that public transport is as accessible all people with a disability.

Report on Disclosure Regimes for Not for Profits Released

Staff Reporter, Monday, 15th December 2008 -  An Australian Minister for the Third Sector and a single independent regulator for Not for Profit organisations are just some of the far reaching recommendations of the report by the Senate inquiry into disclosure regimes for charities and Not for Pr

Calls for Urgent Charity Reform

Staff Reporter, Friday, 25th June 2004 -  Significant reform and streamlining of Australia’s Not for Profit laws and regulations is urgently needed according to Robert Fitzgerald, the Chair of the National Roundtable of Nonprofit Organisations.

School Building Funds & Tax Deductions

Staff Reporter, Monday, 7th June 2004 -  Demands for parents to pay into school building funds are often thinly disguised tax abuses and should be reined in by the Australian Taxation Office, according to the public interest think tank The Australia Institute.

Government Decides on Charity Definition

Staff Reporter, Friday, 13th September 2002 -  The Federal Government has decided to enact a legislative definition of 'charity' and to adopt a majority of the 2001 Inquiry recommendations.

Australians Working Together – Government Report

Staff Reporter, Tuesday, 21st May 2002 -  A key platform of the Government's welfare reform funding is the implementation of Australians Working Together… and with this policy of modernising the welfare system has come the release of a national report based on the Government's community co

Charity Inquiry – Special Report

Staff Reporter, Monday, 3rd September 2001 -  The long awaited report by the Federal Government’s Charity Inquiry Committee recommends a new definition of charity to be set down in legislation and to operate within a framework of three distinct categories.
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