Entries by Alice Husband

Aged care complaints and staff wellbeing

With the announcement of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, we are seeing a marked increase in complaints being made by aged care clients and their families. There are many things to consider when responding to a complaint. However, one issue that we are turning our minds to more and more is […]

Excuse me, do you have ID?

The government is proposing that directors of charity companies will need to obtain their own unique “Director Identification Number” (DIN), as part of a suite of reforms to combat unscrupulous phoenixing activity and modernise the Australian Business Register and ASIC registers. The introduction of DINs will allow the government and others to trace a director’s […]

Queensland prepares for the national NDIS Worker Screening Check

In anticipation of the new national NDIS Worker Screening Check, due to commence on 1 July 2019, the Queensland government has passed the Disability Services and Other Legislation (Worker Screening) Amendment Act 2018. The Act permits Queensland police to share a person’s criminal history with other states and territories for the purpose of employment screening […]

Consultation begins on reforms to Deductible Gift Recipient system

The government has now opened consultations in relation to the first of its reforms to the Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) system. Last year, the government announced a suite of 7 reforms, and this Consultation Paper describes how the first two of these reforms will be implemented. The government has said it will continue to engage […]

Improving the regulation of charities: the review of the ACNC

Earlier this year we wrote about the commencement of the five-year review of the legislation governing the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.  Yesterday the Review Panel published its final report, which contains a number of sound suggestions for the improvement of charity regulation in Australia. Here are the ten issues that caught our attention. 1. […]

Update on proposed political advocacy laws

Last year we wrote about the government’s proposed changes to political advocacy laws in the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017. Over 200 submissions were received by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters. These submissions raised a number of serious concerns with the Bill, including the potential chilling effect it […]

Five year review of the ACNC

  Five year review of the ACNC Last year the ACNC celebrated its five year anniversary. After surviving a rocky start and calls for its abolition in 2014, the ACNC has gone on to become a trusted regulator in the charity and not-for-profit sector. The legislation that established the ACNC in 2012 included a requirement […]

Strict new laws to scrutinise advocacy by charities

Controversial new political advocacy laws have been proposed by the federal government in the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017. New political actors The Bill, introduced late last week, proposes changes to the Commonwealth Electoral Act, which currently regulates funding and donations to registered political parties and candidates. It proposes to […]

Charities win some, lose some with new DGR reforms

The government’s announcement this week that it will be introducing reforms in relation to deductible gift recipients (DGRs) has come as a relief to many charities but is causing concern for others in relation to its proposed restrictions on political advocacy. DGRs to become charities The government has proposed to register all non-government DGRs as […]

Consumer directions, workplace reflections

Reflection 2 | Engaging with disruption In this series of articles we look at the workforce implications of consumer directed care, and the unique challenges facing not-for-profits in the aged care and disability care sectors in meeting the competing demands of a person centred philosophy and market based service delivery model. With the rollout of […]