It’s bizarre. It’s been more than a decade. It is time to #fixfundraising

9 February 2017
Today, the Community Council of Australia has called on Governments to stop the frustration of charities across Australia.

Justice Connect supports this call.

Justice Connect has a plan. This plan is supported by Justice Connect’s #fixfundraising partners. More than 160 organisations representing more than 570 charities and not for profits, more than 85 Legal Centres, and more than 3,750,000 individuals across Australia have also signed up to this plan.

It is a simple solution:

  • Clarify and make minor amendments to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) (this will deliver one national law)
  • Repeal the existing state and territory laws (some still legislate on the rules around organisations approaching horse driven carriages with collection boxes at the end of long poles!)
  • Work with the sector and self-regulatory bodies to continue to improve fundraising conduct (work is already underway to develop a single fundraising code).

Quotes to attribute to Sue Woodward, director, Justice Connect Not-for-profit Law:

“It is a solution that could be put in place now. The recent Interim Report of the ACL Review says the ACL already applies to most activities of not for profits, including fundraising.”

“Governments need to act. By doing nothing they are only contributing to the waste of $15.8 million annually to the charities sector alone (which is only 10 per cent of the whole not for profit sector – so this number may be ten times higher).”

“Why wait? As one charity told us: fundraising laws are just bizarre. Governments not doing anything to reduce this waste is just as bizarre.”

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