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Charity Fundraising for the 21st Century | Foreign Influence Transparency laws improved | Out and about with charities and community service organisations
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Charities update
June 2018
 

Charity Fundraising for the 21st Century
 
I have just been appointed Chair of a new Parliamentary Committee which is inquiring into the regulation of charity fundraising.
 
Currently, charities raising funds online have to comply with seven different state and territory registration schemes, each with a different set of requirements. The Northern Territory is the only state or territory without a requirement to register.
 
This has placed a huge administrative burden on charities, and the Committee’s inquiry will examine how charity regulation can be improved to reflect the modern needs of charities. Among the terms of reference is “how Federal, State and Territory governments could work together to provide charities with a nationally consistent, contemporary and fit-for-purpose fundraising regime”.
 
The Committee is now accepting submissions, which are due by 6 August 2018. Submissions can be emailed to charityfundraising.sen@aph.gov.au or posted to:
 
Committee Secretary
Senate Select Committee on Charity Fundraising in the 21st Century
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
 
I will continue to provide updates via this bulletin as the inquiry progresses. Further information about the inquiry can be found on the Committee’s home page here.



Foreign Influence Transparency laws improved
 
The bipartisan Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security on Monday tabled its report on the Government’s Foreign Interference Transparency Scheme Bill 2017. The report recommended exemptions for charities, unions and arts organisations from registering under the scheme.
 
Labor has been expressing concern for some time about the effect this legislation could have on charities and their ability to advocate on social, economic and environmental issues.
 
The original bill introduced to Parliament by the Government was deeply flawed. The amendments arising from the Committee’s report have resulted in a vastly improved bill which is expected to pass the Parliament today with Labor’s support.

 

Out and about with charities and community service organisations

 
Enjoying a community lunch at the Maranoa Heights Community Centre
 
With members of BCC Africa raising money by collecting entry fees at A Taste of the Huon.
 
Dropping off a donation of books for the Lions Club of Kingborough’s 49th annual Taroona Book Sale. Assisting the Kingston Beach Surf Life Saving Club with their annual awards presentation.
 

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For more information about what I have been doing to help my Tasmanian constituents, please contact my office on (03) 6229 4444 or visit www.catrynabilyk.com.

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