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New protections for whistleblowers – what does it mean for charities and not-for-profits? UPDATE

November 2019

A new whistleblower protection regime, which will apply to all companies from 1 July 2019, received royal assent on 12 March 2019. An immediate focus for many charities and not-for-profits will be the new requirement that any structured as public companies (including companies limited by guarantee) and large proprietary companies must have a whistleblower policy from 1 January 2020.

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On 4 July 2019 a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) finalised arrangements related to their earlier decision that flagged significant changes to the annualised salary provisions for employees who are covered by the Clerks Private Sector Award (and some other awards). These changes, which will take effect from 1 March 2020, are described below.    Read more →
On 19 June 2019, the Australian Taxation Office released its Ruling TR 2019/3 which sets out the Commissioner’s position on when a benefit provided by registered religious institutions to religious practitioners will be exempt from fringe benefits tax (FBT). TR 2019/3 finalises the Commissioner’s view expressed in draft Taxation Ruling TR 2018/D2 and replaces the now withdrawn Taxation Ruling TR 92/17W.    Read more →
On 27 February 2019 the Fair Work Commission (FWC) decided to significantly change the annualised salary provisions for employees covered by the Clerks Private Sector Award. The exact date that the changes will take effect are not yet known, but is expected to be announced in the next few months.    Read more →