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Submission to the Department of Treasury discussion paper: Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Reform Opportunities

On 15 June 2017 the Department of Treasury invited submissions on potential reforms to the Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) tax arrangements. The discussion paper outlined a number of proposals to strengthen the DGR governance arrangements, reduce administrative complexity and ensure that an organisation’s eligibility for DGR status is up to date. The Partnership response is attached.

Prime Ministers Community Business Partnership submission to Department of Treasury on Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Reform Opportunities (PDF 594 KB)
Prime Ministers Community Business Partnership submission to Department of Treasury on Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Reform Opportunities (Word 191 KB)

Submission to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) discussion paper: Information needs for Volunteering data

In May 2017, the ABS sought submissions to inform current and emerging needs for volunteering and giving data to understand why the rates of formal volunteering are changing. The consultation will support a review of the current methods and scope of collecting volunteering and giving data, and help the ABS prioritise content for future data collection. An information paper detailing the outcomes of this consultation will be published later in 2017. The Partnership’s submission is attached.

Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership submission to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (PDF 147 KB)
Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership submission to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (Word 156 KB)

Submission to the Australian Consumer Law Review

In June 2015 consumer affairs ministers agreed that Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) would conduct a review of the Australian Consumer Law. As input to the review, in March 2017, the Partnership wrote a letter of support for changes to the Australian Consumer Law to harmonise fundraising regulation. The review concluded in March 2017 with CAANZ providing consumer affairs ministers with a Final Report which was published on 19 April 2017. The Partnership’s submission is attached.

Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership letter of support in reference to Australian Consumer Law Review Recommendations (PDF 311 KB)
Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership letter of support in reference to Australian Consumer Law Review Recommendations (Word 178 KB)

Submission to the Treasury’s Social Impact Investing discussion paper

In response to the Financial System Inquiry, the Government released a discussion paper exploring ways to facilitate the growth of the Australian social impact investing market.

Social impact investments are investments made with the intention of generating measurable social and/or environmental outcomes in addition to a financial return. Social impact investing is an emerging approach that brings together governments, service providers, investors, philanthropists and communities to tackle a range of social and environmental issues.

This discussion paper sought views on a whole of government position on social impact investing including:

  • the potential role of the Commonwealth Government in the social impact investing market,
  • principles for social impact investing to guide Commonwealth Government involvement in the social impact investing market, and
  • possible Commonwealth regulatory barriers to the growth of the market.

In February 2017, the Partnership made a submission and wrote directly to the Treasurer. This is available on the Treasury’s Social Impact Investment submissions page.

Submission to the Treasury on the exposure draft of amendments to the Private Ancillary Fund Guidelines 2009 and the Public Ancillary Fund Guidelines 2011

An exposure draft of amendments to the Private Ancillary Fund Guidelines 2009 and the Public Ancillary Fund Guidelines 2011 was released in December 2015 for public consultation. The amendments update the guidelines to make a number of changes, including introducing portability into the Private Ancillary Fund Guidelines 2009, removing red tape from certain reporting requirements, updating the investment strategy rules, reducing the minimum annual distribution rate, clarifying that donors may make non-binding preferences known to the trustee of a public ancillary fund, and updating spent or redundant references.

The amendments commenced on 1 July 2016.

Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership Letter to the Treasurer on Social Impact Investing Discussion paper (PDF 187 KB)
Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership Letter to the Treasurer on Social Impact Investing Discussion paper (Word 133 KB)

Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership PAF PuAF submission to Treasury – February 2016 (PDF 171 KB)
Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership PAF PuAF submission to Treasury – February 2016 (Word 131 KB)