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Pro Bono News Alert: DFAT has issued new Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines

News Alert 21 March 2016

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has completed its review of the Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme (OAGDS) guidelines and processes.

All new applications will be assessed by DFAT under the new Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines.

The new OAGDS Eligibility Criteria, Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions are now available on the Tax Deductibility section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

How do I access the application?

The new OAGDS Application Form can be accessed through the DFAT website. There is also a preview of the OAGDS Application Form on their website.

Pre-eligibility check

DFAT undertakes a pre-eligibility check to assist with the initial phase of the assessment process. The pre-eligibility checks require the organisation to:

  • have a voluntary governing body; and
  • be a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission (ACNC) and conform to the ACNC Governance Standards.

Where an organisation does not satisfy the pre-eligibility requirements, the application will be returned to the applicant to address the relevant areas and the application can be re-submitted at a later date.

What does this mean for registered charities who wish to apply under the OAGDS?

If you wish to apply for registration under the OAGDS scheme, please review the new Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions before commencing the application. You will need to provide details and supporting evidence to address the new OAGDS Eligibility Criteria.

Should you require any advice regarding the OAGDS or the not-for-profit sector in general, please contact Karen Keogh or Shirley Lasky.


Karen Keogh, Partner
Sydney

Shirley Lasky, Consultant
Sydney
 

News Alert 21 March 2016
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