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April 18, 2024

A housing trust’s modernisation requires Court approval

Background The Baxter Homes Trust (Trust), was a charitable trust established in Victoria by a deed executed in 1960. Its purpose was to provide aged inhabitants of Geelong Victoria or its neighbourhood with housing as administered by The Geelong and Western District Ladies Benevolent Association’ incorporated under the Hospitals and Charities Act 1890. The Trust A housing trust’s modernisation requires Court approval

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April 18, 2024

Draft Regulations for NPO Self-Review Assessment Return Released

We have previously written in bulletins about the forthcoming self-assessment tax review for non-profit profit organisations which have an Australian Business Number (ABN) but are not registered as charities with the ACNC – Be alert to being alarmed on viewing your club or society annual report this year and self-assessment by tax-exempt. The background is Draft Regulations for NPO Self-Review Assessment Return Released

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March 13, 2024

Last of the loopholes? Let’s hope so!

Background All Australian employers will be acutely aware that the Federal government has, since the last election, embarked on a fairly aggressive program of targeted changes to the nation’s industrial relations laws. So far, we’ve had changes aimed at supporting Australia’s jobs and economic recovery[1], gained more respect at work[2], we’ve secured our jobs and Last of the loopholes? Let’s hope so!

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February 20, 2024

Managing the risks of discrimination breaches for community service organisations

Background A recent case in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal is an example of the ability of non-profit organisations to seek an exemption for periods of up to five years from specific provisions of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld) (Act). The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) may grant a temporary exemption, under section Managing the risks of discrimination breaches for community service organisations

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February 20, 2024

A false saving

Black Head Bowling Club Ltd v Harrower[1] On the grounds of the Black Head Bowling Club Ltd (Club) in New South Wales was an ANZAC monument weighing about 400 kg erected in 1997. A Club committee lodged a development application with the Greater Taree City Council (Council) to erect the monument, which was approved with A false saving

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December 20, 2023

Philanthropy and the Productivity Commission

The Productivity Commission has released its draft Review of Philanthropy Report. The Commission will now seek submissions on its draft, delivering a final report to the Government by May 2024. The Commission called for submissions in March 2023 with a brief information paper that attracted over 270 submissions and 70 comments and conducted many group Philanthropy and the Productivity Commission

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