COMMUNITY COUNCIL FOR AUSTRALIA

We are an independent member-based peak body dedicated to building flourishing communities by enhancing the extraordinary work of Australia’s not-for-profit sector. We do this by changing the way governments, communities and the not-for-profit sector relate to one another.In particular, this includes establishing a regulatory environment that works for community organisations - not against them. Find out more...

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‘There have been decades of discussions about the relationship between governments and not-for-profit organisations.  The time has come for all governments to respect charities, to free them up from unnecessary red tape and compliance, and to enable them to do what they do best – support the communities they serve.  Civil society is at its best when the voice of the not-for-profit sector can be heard loud and clear.  The removal of gag clauses is a critical part of the reform process, and one charities and not-for-profits will strongly welcome,’ according to Rev Ti

Yesterday the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs tabled their report, following that committee's inquiry into the ACNC and 'In Australia' Bills. The report recommends that the bills be passed, however also includes a dissenting report from the Coalition, who do not support the passage of the bills into legislation; additional comments from Independent Senator Nick Xenophon; and a dissenting report from the Greens who provide 21 recommendations with concerns to be addressed before the bills are passed.

 

Today the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services tabled their Advisory Report on the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Bill 2012, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Consequential and Transitional) Bill 2012 and the Tax Laws Amendment (Special Conditions for Not-for-profit Concessions) Bill 2012.

The Committee made several recommendations, including the recommendation that all three Bills be passed. Other recommendations included:

Attached is CCA's joint submission to the the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs and the Parliamentary Joint Committee (PJC) on Corporations and Financial Services on the ACNC Bills 2012 and the Tax Laws Amendment (Special Conditions for not-for-profit concessions) Bill 2012. CCA will appear at the hearings for both Committee's Inquiries.