Fundraising reform will cut red tape

Claire Victory said existing fundraising laws did not reflect the online environment used to collect donations (Bigstock)

The Morrison Government has signed a deal to help fix fundraising regulation across Australia – a move praised by the St Vincent de Paul Society and other charity sector leaders. Source: Pro Bono News.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Assistant Minister for Charities Zed Seselja revealed on Tuesday that all states and territories have agreed to simplify fundraising laws so charities no longer have to register in multiple jurisdictions when raising funds nationally.

Under the deal signed by the Council on Federal Financial Relations (CFFR), a cross-border recognition model will be established – which was first flagged in September – providing a single registration point for charities.

This announcement represents a major victory for the charity sector, which has long fought to reform Australia’s inconsistent and outdated fundraising regulations, which cost the sector an estimated $13.3 million a year.

It comes after the bushfire royal commission recently recommended setting up a single national scheme for charity fundraising as a way to reduce red tape and donor confusion in times of extreme crisis.

In a statement, St Vincent de Paul Society National Council president Claire Victory said: “Simplifying reporting requirements and creating a single registration point will help to streamline charitable activities.”

She said existing fundraising laws were no longer fit for purpose as they “do not reflect the online environment that is used heavily now to collect donations”.

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Morrison government unveils ‘significant and far-reaching’ fundraising reforms (By Luke Michael, Pro Bono News

Vinnies welcomes fundraising reform (St Vincent de Paul Society)

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