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Staying Safe in the Silly Season
Staying Safe in the Silly Season

18 Dec 2018

PLUS... NZ Charity promoting traditional marriage loses charity status

A New Zealand charity which seeks to promote strong families, traditional marriage and the value of life has had its charity status and its entitlement to tax benefits removed. 

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The ACNC delivers a reduction in red tape

The ACNC and NSW Fair Trading have agreed to streamline the financial reporting process for NSW incorporated associations registered with the ACNC.

This change means that from 1 October 2018, NSW incorporated associations registered with the ACNC will only be required to submit their annual financial reports to the ACNC, which will then share the data with NSW Fair Trading. NSW incorporated associations registered with the ACNC will also no longer be required to pay an annual lodgement fee to NSW Fair Trading.

NSW incorporated associations registered with the ACNC will still need to notify both NSW Fair Trading and the ACNC of changes to their name, details or rules. This change brings NSW into line with Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.

For more information, see the ACNC website and the NSW Fair Trading website.


Promoting the ties that bind us

A New Zealand charity which seeks to promote strong families, traditional marriage and the value of life has had its charity status and its entitlement to tax benefits removed.  The New Zealand equivalent of the ACNC de-registered the charity and this decision was confirmed by the New Zealand High Court finding that the organisation's advocacy for traditional marriage was not charitable... READ MORE


Staying Safe in the Silly Season

We hope that the Christmas season is a time for organisations in the not-for-profit community to celebrate the wins and reflect on progress made towards achieving the organisation’s purposes.

Unfortunately, for some organisations, the festive season can see things get a little out of hand, all too often at an organisation’s official end of year celebration (or after it), which can lead to claims being made under workplace health and safety legislation or pursuant to an employer’s general duty of care.

Employers can be liable for events that occur outside usual workplace hours, away from the workplace and after an event has formally concluded.

Here are some short tips on how to keep your organisation safe during the silly season:

  1. Have organisational policies that address acceptable conduct, discrimination, bullying and harassment.
  2. Conduct a risk assessment of events that are organised or promoted by the organisation.
  3. Prepare measures to ensure the responsible service of alcohol.
  4. Communicate event-specific expectations and standards of behaviour to all employees and remind them of their obligations under the organisation’s policies.
  5. Ensure that managers and senior leaders accept their responsibilities as role models, are prepared to act, and avoid situations where they risk abusing their power.
  6. Consider and communicate avenues for reporting inappropriate and unlawful behaviour.
  7. Be prepared to implement a best practice workplace investigation.

If you have any concerns or would like assistance with ensuring that your workplace policies are up to date, contact David FordNathan Croot or Joseph O’Mara.

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