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$15 million red tape savings

NSW charities will collectively save as much as $15 million over the next decade through new measures that will substantially reduce the paperwork they need to complete to be legally compliant, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service will be among one of 5000 registered fundraising organisations in NSW to benefit from the state government’s plan to scrap duplicated registration systems and simplify reporting requirements.

The organisation’s chief executive Martin Laverty said charities were forced to redirect time and money away from essential community services in order to comply with the excessive demands of government regulators.

“Before now, the Flying Doctors and other charities lodged paperwork with federal and NSW government regulators. The duplication made no sense, and didn’t benefit donors or charities,” Dr Laverty said.

Under the reforms, charities will need only to register with the national regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). They will also be able to apply for a five-year license, and the renewal process will be simplified. Currently, most licences last for about two years.

Better Regulation Minister Matt Kean, who will introduce the reform package into NSW Parliament this month, said the measures would make it easier for charities to focus on their fundraising activities without diluting the existing reporting requirements.

“The amount of red tape charities have to deal with is ridiculous,” Mr Kean said.

“Now, if a charity has already gone through the lengthy process of registering with the ACNC, NSW Fair Trading will accept their Commonwealth registration with the appropriate evidence.”

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Charities to pocket $15 million in savings from paperwork relief (Sydney Morning Herald)

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Royal Flying Doctor Service