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UPDATE 19 May 2020: COVID-19 – Information for Charities and Not-for-Profits

May 2020

In this piece, Alex Milner and Seak-King Huang (Partners) gather together and update what they hope will be useful information for charities and not-for-profits under several topics in the context of COVID-19.

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A Bill to implement a new Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) category for Community Sheds has recently been introduced by the Australian Government. This new category implements the Australian Government’s announcement in its 2019-20 Budget that a new DGR general category would be created to enable Men’s Sheds and Women’s Sheds to access the DGR endorsement.    Read more →
On 29 July 2020, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom handed down its judgment in Lehtimäki and others v Cooper [2020] UKSC 33, which confirmed that members of charitable companies in the United Kingdom are fiduciaries and must therefore make decisions and act in the companies’ best interests (that is, to serve the purposes of the charities) to the exclusion of their own or any other party’s interests.    Read more →
On 22 June 2020, the Associations Incorporation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 (Queensland) (Amendment Act) was assented to.    Read more →