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The Australian Senate has established the Select Committee on Charity Fundraising in the 21st Century to inquiry and report on the current framework of fundraising regulation for charities and options for reform. The closing date for submissions is yet to be determined. The committee is to report on or before 18 October 2018.

Terms of Reference - The current framework of fundraising regulation for charities and options for reform, with particular reference to:

  • whether the current framework of fundraising regulation creates unnecessary problems for charities and organisations who rely on donations from Australian supporters;
  • whether current fundraising laws meet the objectives that guided the decision to regulate donations;
  • whether current fundraising compliance regimes allow charities to cultivate donor activity and make optimal use of resources donors provide;
  • the loss in productivity for the thousands of charities who try to meet the requirements of the seven different fundraising regimes;
  • whether the current frameworks for investigation and enforcement are the best model for the contemporary fundraising environment;
  • how Federal, State and Territory Governments could work together to provide charities with a nationally-consistent, contemporary and fit-for-purpose fundraising regime;
  • the appropriate donor-focused expectations and requirements that should govern fundraising regulation in the 21st century;
  • how the Australian consumer law should apply to not-for-profit fundraising activities;
  • what are the best mechanisms to regulate third party fundraisers and to ensure the culture of third party fundraisers matches community perceptions of the clients they work with;
  • whether a harmonised, contemporary fundraising regime could help in addressing concerns about the potential influence of foreign money on civil society and political debate in Australia;
  • the cost to the charity and not-for-profit sector, and the communities they serve, of postponing fundraising reform; and
  • any other related matters.

Go to inquiry webpage

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