Entries by Joanne O'Brien

A bouquet for Brian

CRH Law staff and partners are once again proud to announce that this year Brian has been selected by his peers and named by the publication, ‘Best Lawyers’ as one of Australia’s best lawyers in retirement village and senior living law. This year, as well, another gong has been added – Brian has been named […]

Changes to Queensland’s health legislation – Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Bill 2014

The Queensland Government has proposed the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Bill 2014, with the goal of reviewing, repealing and replacing the current legislation which deals with the regulation of drugs and poisons. The new legislation will adopt the framework found in the Commonwealth Therapeutic Goods Act 1989. The Bill is intended to streamline the […]

National Energy Retail Law and Retirement Villages

What is the National Energy Retail Law (NERL)? The NERL created a national framework which regulates the sale and supply of energy (gas and electricity) to consumers. It has gradually been rolled out in the states and territories by the adoption of legislation which was first passed by the South Australian government in 2011. The […]

Exposure Draft Tax Legislation – Charitable status revocation

The Australian government has released draft legislation which contains proposed amendments to the taxation laws in relation to charitable tax status. The cut off for lodging submissions concerning the proposed amendments is Wednesday, 22 October 2014 Charitable tax exemptions – current law The exposure draft contains proposed changes to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (Cth) […]

Being on a not-for-profit board

Transcription: This is Joanne O’Brien from CRH Law talking to you about being on a not-for-profit board. Should I join a not-for-profit board? Serving on a not-for-profit board offers a unique opportunity to contribute to civil society or your local community and it can be a very rewarding experience.  However, it’s important not to underestimate […]

The provision of services in retirement villages

Transcription: This is Joanne O’Brien from CRH Law talking today about the provision of services in retirement villages. What services can a retirement village provide to residents? Queensland retirement villages are heavily by the Retirement Villages Act.  The Act contemplates two separate categories of services that can be provided by the operator to residents. The […]

Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission – Proposed Arrangements

The Department of Social Services has released the much anticipated Options Paper which outlines the proposed arrangements for the replacement of the ACNC. The Options Paper confirms the Government’s commitment to abolishing the ACNC and outlines the new proposals under the four headings referred to below. The stated aim of the proposed arrangements is ‘red […]

Being on a not-for-profit board

Transcription: This is Joanne O’Brien from CRH Law talking to you about being on a not-for-profit board. Should I join a not-for-profit board? Serving on a not-for-profit board offers a unique opportunity to contribute to civil society or your local community and it can be a very rewarding experience.  However, it’s important not to underestimate […]

Not For Profit Organisations

  Transcription: This is Joanne O’Brien from CRH Law and I’m going to be talking to you about Not For Profit organizations. What does Not For Profit mean? A Not For Profit organization is one that does not distribute any part of its income or assets to its members. There should be a restriction on […]

Not For Profit Overview

  Transcription: Not For Profit organizations play a vital role in Australian society whether they are a local sporting and recreational club or national provider of care for the elderly. Our community and indeed our economy is enriched by their contribution. There are many labels given to ‘Not For Profit’ organizations. They include community-based organizations, […]