Progress on fixing fundraising rules

Fri, 17 Feb 2023

At the February Council on Federal Financial Relations meeting, Commonwealth, state and territory Treasurers made progress working towards a single fundraising regulation regime in Australia.  Treasurers agreed to a set of nationally consistent fundraising principles to streamline and harmonise state and territory requirements on charitable fundraiser conduct.  The principles are set out in the media release from Andrew Leigh, Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury, and Danny Pearson, Victorian Minister for Consumer Affairs, available here.  Jurisdictions have agreed to develop an implementation plan by July 2023, setting out how they will give effect to the principles.   While it is too early to declare victory yet, this is an important step towards an Australia where charities no longer have to comply with inconsistent rules across seven jurisdictions, freeing up more time and money for its intended purpose – helping people in need and addressing our nation’s greatest challenges.