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The Royal Commission into Natural Disaster Arrangements – Fundraising

The Royal Commission into Natural Disaster Arrangements was established in February to figure out how to deal with future natural disasters, in the wake of the extreme bushfire season of 2019-20.

In a report handed down in October, it said fundraising during natural disasters was significant, and that it was important the community understood the legal framework for fundraising, as well as the various limitations to how funds are dispersed by charities.

It highlighted a lack of public awareness around the various fundraising laws during the 2019-2020 bushfires, leading to a recommendation that a single national scheme be created for the regulation of charitable fundraising.

In September, a proposal was put forward by the Charitable Fundraising National Working Group to allow a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) to be automatically given authority to fundraise in all participating Australian states and territories.

This would mean charities no longer need to complete an individual application process in each jurisdiction – making it much easier to conduct online appeals across the country.

But the latest royal commission report argued the legal framework could be more effective if there is a single regulator and scheme governing fundraising.

To view the Royal Commission into Natural Disaster Arrangements report, click here

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