Government Submissions

As the peak body for the philanthropic sector, we are actively involved in shaping the development and direction of government policy and legislation relating to the sector.

Philanthropy Australia thanks Members for their input and feedback in response to the draft submissions. Below are final policy submissions prepared by Philanthropy Australia from 2012 onwards. 
 

Jan - June 2021
 

Submission – Indigenous Voice to Parliament (30/04/2021)
 
Philanthropy Australia has lodged a submission in response to the Indigenous Voice Discussion Paper, calling for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution. We endorse the positions of From the Heart and the Uluru Statement and emphasise that it is the voices and experiences of First Nations leaders that must be listened to in terms of determining the model of the Voice that is adopted.
 
Read our full submission here.
 

Submission – ACNC Governance Standards for Registered Charities in Relation to Unlawful Activities (25/03/2021)

Philanthropy Australia has lodged a submission to the Australian Treasury in response to the proposed changes to the ACNC Governance Standards in relation to unlawful activities by charities. Our submission recommends that the proposed changes not be proceeded with, on the grounds that they will increase uncertainty for the ACNC and charities, and are not supported by a solid evidence base.

See our full submission here.

 

Submission –  2021-2022 Pre-Budget Submission (29/01/2021)

Philanthropy Australia’s submission to the Australian Government ahead of the 2021-2022 Budget. The submission reiterates our Policy Priorities for a Post COVID-19 Australia, framed within the context of 2021 and the path to economic recovery. 

Read our submission here

 

Submission – Review of the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Act 2018

Philanthropy Australia has lodged a submission regarding the review of the Electoral Legislation Amendment Act. When the initial Bill was introduced into Parliament, Philanthropy Australia voiced our concerns regarding the negative impact it would have on the ability of charities to undertake issues-based advocacy. However, we have welcomed the efforts of the government to improve the Bill and address our concerns, evident in the Act as it now stands.  

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Submission – Requiring Deductible Gift Recipients (DGRs) to Register as Charities (10/12/2020)

Philanthropy Australia’s submission to the Australian Government in relation to draft legislation that will require DGRs to register as charities can be downloaded below. The submission recommends that certain additional types of DGRs be included within the scope of the legislation.

Download Philanthropy Australia’s submission here.
 

Submission: Mid-Year Economic Forecast and Fiscal Outlook (07/12/2020)

In the lead up to the Australian government’s Mid-Year Economic Forecast and Fiscal Outlook, Philanthropy Australia resubmitted our Policy Priorities for a Post COVID-19 Australia. Our 13 policy recommendations include actions that can be taken in the immediate term to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on charities, as well as longer term strategies to remove barriers to philanthropy and grow a culture of giving in Australia.

Read our Policy Priorities here.
 

Submission – Charitable Fundraising Cross-border Recognition (18/09/2020)

The NSW Government is working with other Australian states and territories (except for Northern Territory) and the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission (ACNC) to examine how to reduce regulatory burdens for charitable fundraisers that operate across Australia.

A cross-border recognition model is currently being considered. The proposed model would allow a charity registered with the ACNC to be automatically deemed as holding authority in all participating Australian states and territories. The Charitable Fundraising National Working Group released a discussion paper on the proposed model and invited members of the public to provide feedback. Philanthropy Australia’s submission provides feedback on the proposed recognition model.

Download Philanthropy Australia’s submission here.
 


Submission – 2020-21 Budget (31/01/2019)

The Federal Government has called for submissions from individuals, businesses and community groups seeking their views regarding priorities for the 2020-21 Budget. Philanthropy Australia’s submission focuses on our Top 10 Policy Priorities for a More Giving Australia.

Download Philanthropy Australia’s submission here
 

Submission – Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee Inquiry into Nationhood, National identity and Democracy (25/10/2019)

Philanthropy Australia’s submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee Inquiry into Nationhood, National identity and Democracy can be downloaded below. The submission focuses on philanthropy’s role in democracy.

Download Philanthropy Australia’s submission here.


Submission – Australian Securities and Investments Commission Consultation on Whistleblower Policies (30/09/2019)

Philanthropy Australia’s submission to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission consultation on whistleblower policies can be downloaded below. The submissions addresses the need for an exemption for charities, including philanthropic organisations, from the new whistleblower regime.

Download Philanthropy Australia’s submission here.
 

Submission – Australian Government Consultation on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Digital Platforms Inquiry Final Report (16/09/2019)

Philanthropy Australia’s submission to the Australian Government in relation to its consultation on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Digital Platforms Inquiry Final Report can be downloaded below. The submission addresses the need for a taxation and regulatory framework which facilitates philanthropic support for public interest journalism.

Download Philanthropy Australia’s submission here.
 

Submission – Remake of the Private Ancillary Fund Guidelines 2009 (21/08/2019)

Philanthropy Australia’s submission to the Australian Government in relation to the remake of the Private Ancillary Fund Guidelines 2009 can be downloaded below. The submission addresses a number of minor matters in the draft guidelines.

Download Philanthropy Australia’s submission here.
 

Submission – Inquiry into the Implications of Removing Refundable Franking Credits (14/11/2018)

Philanthropy Australia’s submission to the Standing Committee on Economics Inquiry into the Implications of Removing Refundable Franking Credits to inquire into the implications of removing refundable franking credits is available below.

Download Philanthropy Australia’s submission here.
 

Submission – Senate Select Committee on Charity Fundraising in the 21st Century (6/08/2018) 

Philanthropy Australia’s submission to the Select Committee on Charity Fundraising in the 21st Century to inquire and report on the current framework of fundraising regulation for charities and options for reform is available below.

Download Philanthropy Australia’s submission here.
 

Submission – Inquiry into the proposed amendments to the Electoral Legislations Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017 (27/09/2018)

Philanthropy Australia’s submission to the Electoral Matters Committee inquiry into the Electoral Funding and Reform Bill  can be downloaded below. 

Download Philanthropy Australia’s submission here.
 

Submission – Deductible Gift Recipient Reforms and External Conduct Standards (24/09/2018)

Philanthropy Australia’s submission to the Deductible Gift Recipient Reforms and External Conduct Standards for Charities Registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Review can be downloaded below.

Download Philanthropy Australia’s submission here.
 

Submission – Review of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Legislation (28/02/2018)

Philanthropy Australia’s submission to the Review of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Legislation can be downloaded below.

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Submission – Inquiry into the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017 (25/01/2018)

Philanthropy Australia’s submission in response to the Australian Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters Inquiry into the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017) can be downloaded below.

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A letter with further information provided to the Committee can also be downloaded below.

Download Philanthropy Australia's letter (PDF)

 

Submission - Inquiry Into and Report on all Aspects of the Conduct of the 2016 Federal Election and Matters related Thereto (28/09/17)

Philanthropy Australia’s submission in response to the Australian Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters Inquiry Into and Report on all Aspects of the Conduct of the 2016 Federal Election and Matters related Thereto can be downloaded below.

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Submission - Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Reform Opportunities (03/08/17)

Philanthropy Australia’s submission in response to the Australian Government's Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Reform Opportunities Discussion Paper can be downloaded below.

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Submission - Consultation on Statistics for Volunteering and Giving  (22/05/17)

Philanthropy Australia’s submission in response to the Australian Bureau of Statistics consultation on statistics for volunteering and giving can be downloaded below.

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Submission - Social Impact Investing Discussion Paper  (27/02/17)

Philanthropy Australia’s submission in response to the Australian Government's Social Impact Investing Discussion Paper can be downloaded below.

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Submission - Exposure Draft of Amendments to the Private Ancillary Fund Guidelines 2009 and the Public Ancillary Fund Guidelines 2011 (15/02/16)

Philanthropy Australia’s submission in response to the exposure draft of amendments to the Private Ancillary Fund Guidelines 2009 and the Public Ancillary Fund Guidelines 2011 can be downloaded below.

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Submission - Inquiry into the Impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget Decisions on the Arts (16/07/15)

Philanthropy Australia’s submission in response to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee Inquiry into the Impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget Decisions on the Arts can be downloaded below.

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Submission - Medical Research Future Fund Bill 2015 and the Medical Research Future Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2015 (10/07/15)

Philanthropy Australia’s submission in response to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Medical Research Future Fund Bill 2015 and the Medical Research Future Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2015 can be downloaded below.

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Submission - Tax White Paper Process: Tax Discussion Paper (01/06/15)

Philanthropy Australia's submission in response to the Tax Discussion Paper, released as part of the Tax White Paper process, is available here.

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Submission - Inquiry into the Register of Environmental Organisations (21/05/15)

Philanthropy Australia's submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment's Inquiry into the Register of Environmental Organisations is available here.

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Submission - Response to the Financial System Inquiry (31/03/15)

Philanthropy Australia's submission in response to the Financial System Inquiry's final report can be downloaded below.

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Submission - Productivity Commission's Workplace Relations Framework Inquiry (13/03/15)

Philanthropy Australia's submission to the Productivity Commission's Workplace Relations Framework Inquiry can be downloaded below.

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Submission - Prime Minister's Community Business Partnership (25/11/14)

Philanthropy Australia's submission to the Prime Minister's Communtiy Business Partnership, 'Early Wins to Grow Philanthropy and its Impact', can be downloaded below.

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Submission - Financial System Inquiry's Interim Report (26/08/14)

Philanthropy Australia's submission in response to the Financial System Inquiry's Interim Report can be downloaded below.

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Submission - Consultation on Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Replacement Arrangements (20/08/14)

Philanthropy Australia's submission in response to the Department of Social Services' consultation on the proposed Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission replacement arrangements can be downloaded below.

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Submission - Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Repeal) (No. 1) Bill 2014 (01/05/14)

Philanthropy Australia’s submission in response to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Repeal) (No. 1) Bill 2014 can be downloaded below.

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Submission - 'Restating and Standardising the Special Conditions for Tax Concession Entities' (07/04/14)

Philanthropy Australia's submission in response to the Exposure Draft Bill to implement the measure Restating and Centralising the Special Conditions for Tax Concession Entities (Including the 'in Australia' Conditions) can be downloaded below.

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Submission - Corporate and Markets Advisory Committee (CAMAC) inquiry into regulation of trustee companies under the Corporations Act 2001 (15/03/13)

This submission addresses: the current Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee (CAMAC) inquiry into the regulation of certain aspects of the activities of trustee companies under the Corporations Act 2001 and the “portability” of their services. 

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