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Latest news: all major parties have made an election commitment to #fixfundraising
All major parties have committed to fixing Australia's fundraising laws as part of their election platform.
Australia's fundraising regulations are a mess, and charities are wasting time and money trying to comply. In the leadup to the Federal election, we are pleased to see that all major parties have made a commitment to fix fundraising. The commitments come after we sent letters to each of the major parties last month calling on them to make three commitments to reform fundraising laws. Fairer laws would protect donors, making donating simpler and clearer, while also removing red tape for Australia’s charities, letting them focus on providing services and building stronger communities.
With a stronger, simpler and smarter regime, Australia can build a modern fundraising system that works as well for donors as it does for our vital charities. Read more about each party's commitment, and about the full package of charity reforms that Labor has promised.
This is why we keep fighting for reform...
‘Several hours spent applying for Qld charity status with a regulated process that is hopelessly out of date plus paying $460 for an ad in the Courier Mail - not a great use of scarce funds which could have been much better used for our pilot program to provide postvention counselling & support to families impacted by suicide. As a practising accountant with 30+ years experience, the charity/fundraising compliance process would have to be one of the worst red tape experiences I've encountered. Well done on the work you are doing to have the process streamlined!’
Treasurer, Whitsunday Suicide Prevention Network
The #fixfundraising campaign
The #Fix Fundraising coalition and its supporters call on federal, state, and territory governments to implement a nationally-consistent, contemporary and fit-for-purpose charitable fundraising regime for implementation no later than mid-2019, by:
- Passing amendments to the Australian Consumer Law to ensure its application to fundraising activities for and on behalf of charities (and other not-for-profit organisations) is clear and broad;
- Repealing the existing fragmented State and ACT fundraising laws; and
- Working with Australian Consumer Law regulators, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, self-regulatory bodies and sector intermediaries to draft and consult publically on a core mandatory code to be enforced under the Australian Consumer Law multi-regulatory framework.
You can read the Joint Statement on Fundraising Reform: