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Campaign to overhaul Australia’s outdated fundraising laws hits federal roadblock

The campaign for more streamlined and up-to-date fundraising laws has hit a roadblock following the release of the Federal Government’s long-awaited response to the review of the ACNC legislation.

Rather than agreeing to a national overhaul of the seven different fundraising regimes currently in place across Australia – as has been called for by the #FixFundraising Coalition – the Federal Government has said it is up to individual states to harmonise their laws.

The #FixFundraising Coalition says the current system is inconsistent and out-of-date, resulting in a waste of money and time for not-for-profits and other fundraising organisations.

Spokesperson for the #FixFundraising Coalition Sue Woodward said the government’s response is a shunning of “consistent and clear calls from all parts of the charitable sector and their advisers.”

As well as consistent national laws, the #FixFundraising Coalition is also calling for a mandatory code for the industry, enforceable under the Australian Consumer Law multi-regulatory framework.

For the latest updates on the campaign, see here.

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