Charities legislation and the Australian Charities and Not For Profits Commission

In 2012 the Australian Government introduced legislation that made significant reforms to the regulation of charities in Australia, including entitlement to tax concessions and the creation of a new regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Many health and medical research organisations and the organisations that support them are affected by this legislation, and Research Australia made a number of submissions throughout 2012 to the Australian Treasury, the ACNC taskforce and to parliamentary inquiries in relation to these changes. Further changes will be made in 2013, and Research Australia continues to represent the health and medical research sector in consultations on the new measures.

Australian Charities & Not-for-Profits Commission Bill

Review of Not-for-Profit Governance Arrangements

ACNC Implementation Design

Tax Laws Amendment Bill 2012

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics into Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission Bill

Tax Laws Amendment Special Conditions for Not-for-Profit Concessions


National Research Investment Plan

The Australian Government established the Australian Research Committee (ARCom) in response to a need for greater coordination of its research investment. In 2012 the ARCom issued a discussion paper as part of its consultation on the development of a National Research Investment Plan (NRIP). Research Australia made a submission to the consultation, and the NRIP was subsequently provided to the Government in late 2012. The Minister has outlined a process for implementing the NRIP, and Research Australia will continue to engage with ARCom and the Government on this initiative.

National Research Investment Plan