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by Bill d'Apice and 4 others
11 October 2018

The Prime Minister released the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety on 9 October 2018.

To assist you, we refer you to our short brochure summarising a number of preliminary legal and administrative issues which you may wish to consider at this stage.

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by Paul Evans and Richard d'Apice AM
24 September 2018

We are delighted to announce that Paul Evans has been listed in the 2018 Doyles Guide as one of the top 3 preeminent lawyers in the area of leading Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Lawyers in NSW and Richard d'Apice, Special Counsel is listed as a recommended lawyer in the same category.

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by Bill d'Apice and Belinda Marsh
11 September 2018

With effect from 1 October 2018, associations incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 (NSW) which are registered charities will no longer have to submit annual financial reports to NSW Fair Trading as well as the Australian Charities & Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

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by David Andrews and
16 August 2018

Aluminium composite panel cladding – referred to by some as “the new asbestos” – is now banned from use in many types of multi-storey buildings in New South Wales. The ban took effect on 15 August 2018.

ACP, a key factor in the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze in London last year and other similar tragedies, has been found to contribute to the rapid spread of fire. 

The new ban makes it an offence to use ACP as external cladding in certain types of multi-storey buildings if the ACP’s core contains more than 30% polyethylene. Fines of up to $1.1 million for corporations and $220,000.00 for individuals apply.

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by Bill d'Apice
16 August 2018

The ACNC legislation passed in 2012 allowed for the creation of minimum external conduct standards that are required to be met by registered charities.

To date, this issue seems to have been in the government's too hard tray but Treasury has now issued draft external conduct standards and is seeking submissions on them.

Interested parties can submit responses up until 21 September 2018.  In addition, Treasury is proposing to hold meetings with interested parties and should you wish to be involved you can express your interest via email by 17 August 2018.

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by Bill d'Apice
09 August 2018

The Second Edition of the Church Administration Handbook, co-written by Bill d'Apice is now available to purchase online. The handbook outlines how the complex institution that is the Catholic Church in the modern world is structured and functions. 

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by Jennifer Paterson
06 August 2018

On 11 July 2018, the ATO published draft Tax Ruling TR 2018/D2 – Fringe benefits tax: benefits provided to religious practitioners.

The public is invited to provide feedback to TR 2018/D2 until 24 August 2018.

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09 July 2018

We are proud to announce five promotions across the firm  

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by Bill d'Apice
19 April 2018

Bill d’Apice, was recently interviewd by Tony Featherstone in the Company Director Magazine, about the proposed regulatory reform that could change the nature of charities and their governance — and add to sector uncertainty. 

In the interview, Bill d'Apice, a principal legal adviser to the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and a current or former chair of over a dozen NFP boards, says charities shouldn’t have kneejerk reactions to the ACNC review.

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by Bill d'Apice
09 March 2018

The ACNC has released a report that examines its compliance and enforcement activities in 2017.

The report also outlines the ACNC’s compliance focus for the year ahead.

Download the report at ACNC's website: https://lnkd.in/gXDEUDm

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by Belinda Marsh and Bill d'Apice
22 February 2018

Amendments to the Privacy Act introducing the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme has commenced.

The NDB scheme applies to all organisations currently required to take steps to secure personal information, including but not limited to businesses and not-for-profit organisations with an annual turnover of $3 million, health service providers, TFN recipients etc.

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by Bill d'Apice
09 February 2018

Bill d'Apice, Chairman and Partner, has been recognised in Chambers and Partners' Asia Pacific 2018 edition as a Band 1 lawyer in the area of Charities.  

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