Government pushed to cut red tape

Under existing laws, charities that take online ­donations must comply with differing regulations in every state and territory (Bigstock)

Charity groups and the Australian Labor Party are calling on the Morrison Government to take urgent action to reduce unnecessary red tape in the charity sector. Source: The Australian.

The call comes six months after a bipartisan Senate select committee unanimously found red tape was costing not-for-profits $15 million a year.

The committee, including Liberals Eric Abetz and Amanda Stoker, on February 14 urged an overhaul of fundraising laws, which vary between states and do not account for technology.

Labor charities spokesman Andrew Leigh said the government had failed to act on the recommendations, costing charities money meant to help the needy.

Justice Connect head of not-for-profit law Sue Woodward said the laws were stifling innovation and holding back the charity sector: “The business sector wouldn’t put up with it.”

Under existing laws, any charity that takes online donations must comply with differing regulations in every state and territory.

“Even the smallest charities have a donate button on their website,” Ms Woodward said. “Gone are the days where your local charity collected money from local people and a state-based regime fitted for that.”

She said the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission provided necessary transparency and oversight of the sector.


Bipartisan push to cut red tape for charities (The Australian)

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