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Developing a voluntary code for charities to improve the transparency of charitable donations during natural disasters

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Consultation Type
Consultation Paper

Key Documents

The Government is collaborating with the charity sector to develop a voluntary code to improve the transparency of the use of charitable donations during natural disasters (the Transparency Code). The Transparency Code will provide charities which choose to become signatories with a framework for transparent reporting of disaster recovery fundraising and activities.

A working group of charity representatives (the Australian Red Cross, BlazeAid, the Minderoo Foundation and RSPCA Australia) and Treasury officials have been tasked with developing the key features of the Transparency Code.

The working group has developed a consultation paper which identifies five potential features of the Transparency Code which it considers will be key to ensuring the Code is a workable and effective solution to improving transparency. The consultation paper seeks views from charities and the general public on these features.


You can submit responses to this consultation up until 13 August 2021. Interested parties are invited to comment on this consultation.

While submissions may be lodged electronically or by post, electronic lodgement is preferred. For accessibility reasons, please submit responses sent via email in a Word or RTF format. An additional PDF version may also be submitted.

All information (including name and address details) contained in submissions will be made available to the public on the Treasury website unless you indicate that you would like all or part of your submission to remain in confidence. Automatically generated confidentiality statements in emails do not suffice for this purpose. Respondents who would like part of their submission to remain in confidence should provide this information marked as such in a separate attachment.

Legal requirements, such as those imposed by the Freedom of Information Act 1982, may affect the confidentiality of your submission.

View our submission guidelines for further information.

How To Respond



Address written submissions to:

Transparency Code working group
Individuals and Indirect Tax Division
The Treasury
Langton Crescent


Phone: Karen Dunn +61 2 6263 3234