Advocacy Updates

Update - Wednesday 18 April 2018

Electoral Act Changes

Krystian Seibert, Policy Adviser, updates you on the progress of the Electoral Act Changes and other Philanthropy Australia news. 

Resources

Open Letter regarding Electoral Act changes in the Australian Financial Review (1 March 2018)

Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matter report into the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017 (9 April 2018)

Article by Krystian Seibert in The Conversation – ‘New electoral law could still hobble charities’ (13 April 2018)

Article in The Guardian – Labor demands charities' advocacy be exempted from foreign donations ban (16 April 2018)

If Members have any questions about this advocacy update, they should contact Sarah Davies at policy@philanthropy.org.au

Update - Thursday 15 March 2018

Federal Oppostion Announcement on Dividend Imputation

As many Philanthropy Australia Members will be aware, the Federal Opposition has made an announcement regarding proposed changes to dividend imputation arrangements.

The Federal Opposition is proposing to end the refund of excess dividend imputation credits (also known as refundable franking credits).

However, income tax exempt charities (as well as income tax exempt trusts and foundations) will be permanently exempt from the change - meaning that they would still have access to refundable franking credits.

Philanthropy Australia is aware how important refundable franking credits are as a source of income for trusts and foundations, and that without access to them, the level of granting would be reduced.

We have therefore strongly made the case that existing refundable franking credit arrangements should not be changed for trusts and foundations, including raising this issue with the major parties before the last election.

Resources

If Members have any questions about this advocacy update, they should contact Krystian Seibert (03 9662 9299 or kseibert@philanthropy.org.au).

Update - Wednesday 7 March 2018

Electoral Act Changes

As many Philanthropy Australia Members will be aware, the Australian Government is proposing some very concerning changes to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, which will have major implications for charities undertaking public advocacy and for their funders.

The following short video update from Philanthropy Australia's Advocacy & Insight Manager, Krystian Seibert, outlines Philanthropy Australia's efforts to oppose these changes and highlights how Members can assist by contacting elected representatives they may have a relationship with.

Open Letter in The Australian Financial Review

Last Thursday we published an Open Letter about the Electoral Act changes in the Australian Financial Review, which can be viewed here. It was signed by 66 philanthropists and philanthropic organisations - thank you to all the signatories, the letter is a great example of our collective voice as a movement. On Friday, an opinion piece about the changes by Martyn Myer AO and Jill Reichstein OAM was also published in The Age, reinforcing the messages in the Open Letter. It can be viewed here.

Two Page Briefing for Members

Philanthropy Australia is encouraging our Members to contact elected representatives that they may have a relationship with, to convey their concerns about the changes. We've prepared a two page briefing with key information for Members to assist with this, which can be accessed here.

If Members have any questions about this advocacy update, they should contact Krystian Seibert (03 9662 9299 or kseibert@philanthropy.org.au).

Update - Monday 19 February 2018

Implications of Electoral Act Changes

Philanthropy Australia CEO, Sarah Davies, and Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre, Hugh de Kretser, discuss the implications of the proposed Electoral Act changes.

Update - Wednesday 14 February 2018

ACNC Review

The Australian Government has announced a review of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) legislation.

The following short video update from Philanthropy Australia's Advocacy & Insight Manager, Krystian Seibert, outlines Philanthropy Australia's engagement with the review, which will include preparing a draft submission and seeking input and feedback from our Members.

Resources

If Members have any questions about this advocacy update, they should contact Krystian Seibert (03 9662 9299 or kseibert@philanthropy.org.au).

Update - Wednesday 13 December 2017

The Australian Government made three announcements which impact upon philanthropy in the week of 4 December:

  • Setting out reform proposals for the Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) framework

  • The introduction to legislation to ban foreign donations, which will prevent international philanthropy funding advocacy activities by charities

  • The appointment of the Hon Dr Gary Johns as the new ACNC Commissioner

The following two short video updates from Philanthropy Australia's Advocacy & Insight Manager, Krystian Seibert, outline Philanthropy Australia's  response to these announcements - Members are encouraged to view them.

Deductible Gift Recipient Reform

 

Resources

 

Foreign Donations Ban and Appointment of ACNC Commissioner

 

Resources

If Members have any questions about this advocacy update, they should contact Krystian Seibert (03 9662 9299 or kseibert@philanthropy.org.au).

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