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In a media release issued on 9 April 2009, the Assistant Treasurer, Chris Bowen, declared the Italian earthquake of 6th April 2009 disaster for tax purposes under the ITAA 1997. The declaration means that public funds established and maintained by a public benevolent institution solely to provide money for the relief of people in Italy who are in distress as a result of the earthquake can be established as "developed country relief funds". Donations to such funds are tax deductible for a period of two years from 6 April 2009.

For a copy of the Minister's media release, No 2009/028, 9 April 2009, go here.

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