Little old South Australia regulates charities

Lucretia

Patron with Honors
Here is the front page news of our daily newspaper in Adelaide, South Australia.

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/...ooks-to-scrutiny/story-e6frea83-1225961139684


Charities forced to open their books to scrutiny


CHARITIES will be forced to publicise how donated funds are being spent as part of a radical shake-up of the sector being announced today. Under the new regulations, donors will be able to check how much of their donation is going towards wages and administration. Gambling Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the new Code of Practice would ensure greater integrity and disclosure among charities.

"The majority of charities, and the thousands of volunteers and workers who support them, do the right thing; but this Government is determined to stamp out any dodgy practices," he said.

The Code of Practice will force the publication of fund details on the Government's charities website, restrict hours for door-knocking for collections and better regulate contract terms for ongoing donations.
"Potential donors can arm themselves with this information so that they can make an informed choice before parting with their hard earned dollars," Mr Koutsantonis said.

Changes to ongoing donations will include a mandatory 10-day cooling off period or allowing donors to end the agreement at any time. Hours for collection will also be restricted, with collection on Easter Sunday, Good Friday or Christmas Day prohibited, except for donations made over the Internet. Collectors will be required to wear a standardised identification badge inscribed with the name, contact details and licence number of the charity, the name of thecollector and information about the SA Government charities website and advice line.

"Charities that do the right thing have nothing to worry about," Mr Koutsantonis said.

Interstate charities would not be subject to the new code, however.
"Each jurisdiction has its own regulations - unless interstate and international charities are the holder of a section 6a licence or section 7 licence, they will not beaffected," he said.

"In the longer term, the Government will be working with other states and territories on a nationally consistent regime of fundraising regulations."
Philanthropy Australia spokesperson Vanessa Meachen said the changes would help reassure the public that donated funds were being spent appropriately.

"This is part of a wider move on behalf of governments in general, to try to harmonise the sector and make it more effective," she said.
Consumer group Choice spokesman Christopher Zinn said there was a need for better disclosure in the sector.

"The problem with charities is it is very hard to compare one with another, because they all use different accounting measures," he said.

"I think added disclosure should benefit the more efficient charities and drive efficiencies in the sector."

Mr Koutsantonis said he would write to each South Australian charity about the final draft Code of Practice, which will be subject to consultation until mid-January.
The new Code can be viewed on the charities website at www. charities.sa.gov.au.
Several South Australian charities have in the past refused to show The Advertiser their financial details.



The Co$ is registered as a charity in South Australia. My understanding is that this legislation will make it very difficult for $cn to remain registered as a charity in South Australia, which then puts COSRECI on very shaky ground particularly as $cn in the UK relies on South Australia for its registration as a charity. This is not a federal initiative, but is enacted at the state level.

I think I'm a little bit excited!!!
 

RogerB

Crusader
Ya . . . the Ozzies continue to show they have good sense and are able to use it!!

Gotta luv 'em :yes:

R
 

Carmel

Crusader
"Little old South Australia"? - No so little when Nick X is an Independant Senator for the state, and when SA is very near and dear to his heart. :D

Great stuff! :thumbsup:
 

Jachs

Gold Meritorious Patron
This is fantastic, i wonder what effect it would have on the UK Cof$, how much tax they would have to pay if they lose this loophole status?
 

secretiveoldfag

Silver Meritorious Patron
Oh yes, this is good. Go for all the deceits and lies and fabrications and loopholes.

Not that I am particularly violent or vindictive, but I hate those who prey on others. And then throw them away as of no value.
 

jenni with an eye

Silver Meritorious Patron
Here is the front page news of our daily newspaper in Adelaide, South Australia.

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/...ooks-to-scrutiny/story-e6frea83-1225961139684


Charities forced to open their books to scrutiny


CHARITIES will be forced to publicise how donated funds are being spent as part of a radical shake-up of the sector being announced today. Under the new regulations, donors will be able to check how much of their donation is going towards wages and administration. Gambling Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the new Code of Practice would ensure greater integrity and disclosure among charities.

"The majority of charities, and the thousands of volunteers and workers who support them, do the right thing; but this Government is determined to stamp out any dodgy practices," he said.

The Code of Practice will force the publication of fund details on the Government's charities website, restrict hours for door-knocking for collections and better regulate contract terms for ongoing donations.
"Potential donors can arm themselves with this information so that they can make an informed choice before parting with their hard earned dollars," Mr Koutsantonis said.

Changes to ongoing donations will include a mandatory 10-day cooling off period or allowing donors to end the agreement at any time. Hours for collection will also be restricted, with collection on Easter Sunday, Good Friday or Christmas Day prohibited, except for donations made over the Internet. Collectors will be required to wear a standardised identification badge inscribed with the name, contact details and licence number of the charity, the name of thecollector and information about the SA Government charities website and advice line.

"Charities that do the right thing have nothing to worry about," Mr Koutsantonis said.

Interstate charities would not be subject to the new code, however.
"Each jurisdiction has its own regulations - unless interstate and international charities are the holder of a section 6a licence or section 7 licence, they will not beaffected," he said.

"In the longer term, the Government will be working with other states and territories on a nationally consistent regime of fundraising regulations."
Philanthropy Australia spokesperson Vanessa Meachen said the changes would help reassure the public that donated funds were being spent appropriately.

"This is part of a wider move on behalf of governments in general, to try to harmonise the sector and make it more effective," she said.
Consumer group Choice spokesman Christopher Zinn said there was a need for better disclosure in the sector.

"The problem with charities is it is very hard to compare one with another, because they all use different accounting measures," he said.

"I think added disclosure should benefit the more efficient charities and drive efficiencies in the sector."

Mr Koutsantonis said he would write to each South Australian charity about the final draft Code of Practice, which will be subject to consultation until mid-January.
The new Code can be viewed on the charities website at www. charities.sa.gov.au.
Several South Australian charities have in the past refused to show The Advertiser their financial details.



The Co$ is registered as a charity in South Australia. My understanding is that this legislation will make it very difficult for $cn to remain registered as a charity in South Australia, which then puts COSRECI on very shaky ground particularly as $cn in the UK relies on South Australia for its registration as a charity. This is not a federal initiative, but is enacted at the state level.

I think I'm a little bit excited!!!

Fantastic !!!
:shark: :kangaroo:
 

Lynn Fountain Campbell

Silver Meritorious Patron
Given Co$'s natural predisposition to lying, I trust that there are measures in place that will catch them at it -- and/or penalties that will make it "too gruesome" to do so? :D

<3
Lynn
 

Lucretia

Patron with Honors
I have been meaning to mention that the title of the web version of the article was different from that which appeared in the actual paper version. The paper version title
was... "Show Me The Money!"

Boy, did they get the right connection!!
 

anonymous1312

Patron with Honors
This is good news, naturally I hope Aussie as a whole goes the charities commission route with a vigorous benefits test but this is definitely a step in the right direction.
 
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