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A statutory definition of charity

This consultation process has now been completed. Submissions available
Date
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Consultation Type
Exposure Draft

Key Documents

The Government announced in the 2011-12 Budget that it would introduce a statutory definition of charity, applicable across all Commonwealth laws.

In 2011, the Government released a Paper on the definition of charity as part of a consultation process to provide interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the proposed statutory definition of charity. Over 200 submissions were received in 2011.

The Government considered the submissions and developed draft legislation to give effect to the statutory definition.

The exposure draft Charities Bill 2013 and Charities (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013, with explanatory material and a Fact Sheet summarising the key issues, were released for further public consultation from 8 April 2013 to 3 May 2013 and 91 submissions (including 6 confidential submissions) were received.

The Charities Bill 2013 and the Charities (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013 were introduced into the Parliament on 29 May 2013. Information about changes made to the legislation in response to stakeholder feedback and input on the draft Bills is in the Assistant Treasurer's media release of 29 May 2013.

Submissions

126 submissions were received for this consultation, including 7 confidential submissions.

ACOSS - pdf 317.88 KB
ATNS Project - pdf 526.46 KB
ATNS Project - rtf 3.14 MB
Australian Red Cross - pdf 145.64 KB
Australian Red Cross - rtf 455.4 KB
Brisbane Grammer School - pdf 744.72 KB
Buley, David - pdf 90.41 KB
Buley, David - rtf 31.64 KB
Cape York Land Council - pdf 122.97 KB
CPA Australia - pdf 128.43 KB
ECH - pdf 946.27 KB
Equity Trustees' - pdf 300.55 KB
Equity Trustees' - rtf 132.46 KB
Fear, Ross - pdf 161.77 KB
Fear, Ross - rtf 31.37 KB
Future Living Trust - pdf 402.32 KB
Grant Thornton Australia - pdf 170.29 KB
Hill, Anne - pdf 168.8 KB
Hill, Anne - rtf 33.23 KB
Johnston, Adam - pdf 277.72 KB
Johnston, Adam - rtf 47.53 KB
Johnstone, Bill - pdf 23.87 KB
Johnstone, Bill - rtf 31.12 KB
Law Council of Australia - pdf 293.42 KB
Mission Australia - pdf 381.47 KB
Name Withheld - pdf 327.75 KB
Name Withheld - rtf 255.41 KB
Netball Australia - pdf 434.23 KB
Netball Australia - rtf 2.67 MB
Nyamba Buru Yawuru - pdf 276.93 KB
Palmerston Association - pdf 202.25 KB
Philanthropy Australia - pdf 519.73 KB
Philanthropy Australia - docx 465.46 KB
PilchConnect - pdf 300.19 KB
Pitcher Partners - pdf 261.74 KB
Pitcher Partners - rtf 65.01 KB
Queensland Law Society - pdf 306.7 KB
Reichstein Foundation - pdf 201.8 KB
Reichstein Foundation - rtf 314.36 KB
RSPCA Australia - pdf 220.83 KB
Scown, Culum - pdf 98.79 KB
Scown, Culum - rtf 31.66 KB
St Vincent de Paul - pdf 486.92 KB
Telford, Milan - pdf 219.06 KB
Telford, Milan - rtf 33.25 KB
The Tax Institute - pdf 337.8 KB
Thiagarajah Thiru - pdf 185.95 KB
Thiagarajah Thiru - rtf 32.91 KB
Uniting Care Australia - pdf 317.22 KB
Vision Australia - pdf 196.25 KB
Vision Australia - rtf 35.35 KB