WEBINAR RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE: Incorporated Associations and Collections Act Amendments

Missed last week’s webinar on the amendments to the Incorporated Associations and Collections Act? Never fear; the recording and PowerPoints are freely available for download. 



In late November 2019, the Associations Incorporation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 was introduced into the Queensland Parliament. It will apply to some 22,000 incorporated association as well as some 3,200 ACNC charities that are also registered under the Queensland Collections Act for fundraising purposes. It will finally relieve Queensland charities of duplicated annual financial reporting under the Associations Incorporation Act (AIA) and also the Collections Act. Plans are for the changes to be implemented before the reporting deadlines for of 2020-21 reporting period. There are also a number of important reforms for incorporated associations including new governance standards and obligations for officeholders.

This webinar, held on 15 April 2020, was facilitated by Emeritus Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes and he was joined by Paul Paxton-Hall, Director of Paxton-Hall Lawyers and specialist in nonprofit law. Both gave deep legal insight into what the amendments may mean for nonprofits across Queensland.



Other useful information

Incorporated Association
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has published useful information for associations and non-profits.

Incorporated associations are advised that in the current circumstances, OFT will allow a grace period to an association of a further 6 months to hold its AGM, if required, without the need for the association to make a written application. This will enable associations to comply with their obligations in the Associations Incorporation Act 1981, which requires an association’s annual general meeting (AGM) to be held within 6 months of the end of their financial year.

Further information is available on the OFT website.

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

The ACNC has published a dedicated webpage to assist charities affected by COVID-19.

The ACNC advice telephone line will be closed until further notice but enquiries can be submitted via the online enquiry form.

The ACNC has granted a blanket extension for Annual Information Statements due between 12 March 2020 and 30 August 2020, extending the due date until 31 August 2020. This includes bushfire-affected charities that had previously been granted an AIS submission extension to May.

Visit the ACNC – Charity operations and COVID-19 page for information about Federal Government support for charities, procedural and governance matters and other resources.

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    lorraine dunkling Reply

    great way to stay in the loop with the distancing regulations in place

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