Charity harmonisation update – pitfalls and possibilities

Published Date: 12 Oct 2023


The opportunities presented by the harmonisation of charity law definitions across federal and state jurisdictions remain largely unrealised. The experiences of charities and not-for-profit organisations in the decade following the statutory definition of “charity” within the Charities Act 2013 (Cth), but without the benefits of broader harmonisation, highlight the administrative burden placed on the sector.

This article outlines the current charity definition framework in Australia and draws on case studies to consider reform options for the sector beyond 2023.

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