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New South Wales – Specific information about the Nonprofit Sector

Words commonly used to describe a nonprofit organization are: charities -funds – churches – unions – clubs – societies – cooperatives – association.
 
In New South Wales the raising of money for charitable purposes – which means conducting a fundraising appeal for a charitable purpose – is governed by the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991. Some organisations are allowed to conduct fundraising appeals for a charitable purpose without holding an authority to fundraise, if they are established under a New South Wales Act and are subject to the control of a New South Wales government minister. However these organisations are still required to comply with the other provisions of the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991. Parents and Citizens Associations and New South Wales State Emergency Services are examples of such organisations.
http://www.ato.gov.au/nonprofit/content.asp?doc=/content/56555.htm&page=3&H3 
 
Charitable trusts are the legal vehicles that allow individuals, families and corporations to make philanthropic donations. Charitable trusts have a range of tax benefits under Commonwealth income tax law: the trusts themselves are exempt from income tax, and donations to charitable trusts are tax deductible.
 
Ancillary funds are another class of charitable trusts that are active in the philanthropic area. They were first established in the 1960s. An ancillary fund is a type of public philanthropic trust fund that effectively acts as a conduit or intermediary between:
• Members of the public who make tax deductible donations to it; and
• DGRs to whom, in its discretion, it passes on the funds or makes donations from time to time.
However an ancillary fund is not permitted to carry on any direct charitable activities.
http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/nswbills.nsf/0/dcfe5e2c7ce8cbc7ca257211001cb974/$FILE/LC%2010006.pdf  
 
Community Centre is a community-based on non-profit, non-government organisations. Australian community legal centres (CLCs) are independent, non-profit community organisations that provide free legal services to the public. About 20 centres receive no or very little funding and are staffed entirely by volunteers. All other centres receive funds from a variety of sources including state and federal governments and philanthropic organisations.
There are 39 Community Legal Centres throughout NSW employing qualified staff including solicitors, social workers and community legal educators. We also have volunteer solicitors, barristers, law students and others working with us to extend our legal services. Some centres provide legal advice over the phone and hold interview and advice sessions after business hours.
Check the NSW Community Centre Directory
http://www.nswclc.org.au/
 
The Department of Education and Training administers the provision of funding to non-government schools and provides advice to the Minister on Commonwealth-State relations, including issues associated with Commonwealth funding of non-government schools. It manages the Non-Government Schools Advisory Council, a body which provides advice to the Minister through the Department on the policy issues affecting the sector. Critics of the current administrative structure pointed out the perceived conflict of interest in the Department which influences ministerial decisions on a school sector which is effectively its competitor. As a result, there is currently no administrative structure within New South Wales for dealing with the non-government sector’s educational accountability or with planning related to new or expanding schools. A Review considers a range of different models, drawn from Australia and overseas, for the administration of non-government school matters in light of the criticisms of the current arrangements and the expanded set of functions proposed: application of more rigorous registration criteria and processes, establishment of a new educational and financial accountability framework for State funds, establishment of a cross-sectoral planning framework for the growth and expansion of non-government schools. 
https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/reviews/ngsreview/6_currst.htm
 
 The Better Service Delivery Program (BSDP) was established to help welfare and community agencies to share information and improve their services to clients. The Program commenced in July 2001 to improve coordination between the large number of agencies across New South Wales and make use of current internet technology to provide agencies with the tools to communicate with one another, to provide faster, more accurate referrals and to work with clients more effectively. Supported by funding from the New South Wales Government, it was introduced to government and non-government agencies across the state that deliver human services in New South Wales.
http://bsdp.hsnet.nsw.gov.au/#Home
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