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Charities Act changes to benefit NZ Communities

Charities Act changes to benefit NZ Communities

On 2 June 2022 Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector announced changes to modernise the Charities Act, following a comprehensive Government review.

The review of the Charities Act commissioned by the Government was led by the Department of Internal Affairs’ Policy Group, and considered feedback and recommendations from across the community and voluntary sector. The changes will include reduced reporting requirements for very small charities, increased transparency on accumulated funds and a more accessible tribunal for charities that want to appeal decisions. There are about 28,000 registered charities that contribute greatly to New Zealand society, we want to ensure that our legislative settings are fit for them to continue supporting our communities into the future.

A bill is expected to be introduced this year to make these amendments to the Charities Act. The public will have an opportunity to provide feedback through the Select Committee process. The passing of the Charities Act Amendment Bill will mark the completion of a significant phase of work.


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