The Assistant Treasurer has released for public consultation an exposure draft of legislation that will extend tax deductible donation support to all volunteer bushfire brigades.
Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) support will be widened to all entities providing volunteer based emergency services, including volunteer fire brigades (VFBs). The measure also extends DGR status to all state and territory government bodies that coordinate VFBs and state emergency services that are not already DGRs.
Individual brigades will be able to establish a public fund to receive DGR support, or collect donations through a centralised state fund.
The changes are planned to have effect from Royal Assent.