Insolvency Reforms: for better or for worse?

On 24 September 2020, the Australian Federal Government announced what it called the most significant reforms to Australia's insolvency framework in over 30 years. "The reforms, which draw on key features from Chapter 11 of the...

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Lending the homeless a helping hand

It's estimated 49,200 people will sleep rough on the street across Australia this year, and the number is increasing. The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) was launched in 1982 with just four staff. Over the following year...

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Reprieve from APRA for Religious Charitable Development Funds

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has today released revised proposals on changes to the exemption order under the Banking Act 1959 (Cth) for religious charitable development funds (RCDFs). These are a response...

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Australia’s Charities and Not-for-Profits – Options Paper

The Australian government has committed to abolishing the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC). The government has now released its Options Paper which sets out proposed replacement arrangements for charities...

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ACNC – Breaking News: There is No News

Bill referred to Senate Committee for report The proposed Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) abolition bill that Kevin Andrews, the Minister for Social Services, introduced into Parliament last Wednesday h...

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ACNC Act May be Fatally Wounded but Charities Act Survives Red Tape Reduction

On Wednesday, 19 March 2014, the Abbott Government launched its "cutting red tape" agenda by introducing into Parliament an omnibus of legislation designed to repeal what it says is 9,500 unnecessary regulations and 1,000 redundan...

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