In joint media release No 2011/143, issued 28 October 2011, the Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Bill Shorten, and the Minister for Human Services and Social Inclusion, Tanya Plibersek, announced the release of a Consultation Paper entitled "A Definition of Charity".
The Government announced in the 2011-12 Budget that it would introduce a statutory definition of charity, applicable across all Commonwealth laws from 1 July 2013.
The Government is seeking the views of charities and other stakeholders on a definition of charity and charitable purposes. The consultation builds on a range of previous inquiries including the 2001 Report of the Inquiry into the Definition of Charities and Related Organisations, the Charities Bill 2003 and recent court decisions including the High Court's decision in Aid/Watch Incorporated v FCT  HCA 42 (1 December 2010).
Submissions on the Consultation Paper are due by 9 December 2011.