The ACNC says it will continue its national harmonisation efforts in the not-for-profit sector despite the ACT Government’s move to introduce its own definition of charity.
“The ACNC believes harmonisation of the definition of charity across Australia is in the best interest of the sector,” a spokesperson for the ACNC said.
The ACT Government intends to close off charitable deductions for some peak bodies through new legislation which changes the Territory’s definition of charity. It has been claimed that the move ignores all legal and other conventions and overrides existing legislation and regulations. Under the proposed legislation, peak bodies and professional groups will no longer be able to claim charitable status unless they can qualify for an exemption.
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