Responding to the Productivity Commission's terms of reference for its study into the contribution of the not-for-profit sector, Catholic Health Australia agrees that it would be desirable to have a better understanding of the NFP sector's role in Australia, including measuring the sector's impact. CHA argued against reform for reform's sake, though, saying reform should only be pursued when there is agreement of the benefits that will be delivered.
All revenue generated by not-for-profit organisations that utilise Commonwealth tax exemptions should be applied to an altruistic purpose. This policy intent was announced by the Government in the 2011/12 Federal Budget. Catholic Health Australia (CHA) endorses this policy intent, and notes it is consistent with the practices of the Catholic health and aged care organisation that on any given day care for one in ten of all Australians occupying a hospital or aged care bed.
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As part of this year's Budget, the Government announced that it would be working to define "charity" in law as part of a wide-ranging review of the not-for-profit sector. In a submission to Treasury, Catholic Health Australia has expressed concerns that such a move could led to unintended consequences and urged the Government to proceed carefully on the issue.
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The Federal Government is currently undertaking a review of the not-for-profit sector and is establishing the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission. Catholic Health Australia has lodged submissions in response to the Exposure Draft of the Not-for-Profit Commission Bill. Click here to read the submission.
CHA has also issued a submission in responde to proposed changes to not-for-profit governance. Click here to read the submission.