[RNLD] DGR status for Australian Indigenous language organisations

Colleen Hattersley colhatts at gmail.com
Tue May 21 00:45:00 EDT 2019

That's great news Doug.
For interest, here is a pdf of our about-to-be-published Phase 1 of the
Waima/Roro dictonary. It contains alpha entries M-W (because we started at
W). We hope to receive an ELDP grant to finish the job.

On Tue, 21 May 2019 at 13:10, Doug Marmion <doug.marmion at gmail.com> wrote:

> Colleagues,
> Australian tax law has finally been amended to allow deductible gift
> recipient status for organisations whose purpose is promoting Indigenous
> languages, see below for further details.
> -Doug
> DGR status for Indigenous language organisations
> The eligibility criteria for endorsement as a deductible gift recipient
> (DGR) has been updated. This category has now been extended to include
> organisations whose purpose is promoting Indigenous languages. You can now
> apply for endorsement through the through the Register of Cultural
> Organisations.
> <https://www.arts.gov.au/documents/application-register-cultural-organisations>
>  (
> https://www.arts.gov.au/documents/application-register-cultural-organisations
>  )
> This measure was included in the Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures
> No. 5) Bill 2018
> <https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fems%2Fr6189_ems_0e8520fa-5d3a-4af8-851f-72849ceaca67%22>
>  (
> https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fems%2Fr6189_ems_0e8520fa-5d3a-4af8-851f-72849ceaca67%22
> <https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id:%22legislation/ems/r6189_ems_0e8520fa-5d3a-4af8-851f-72849ceaca67%22>
>  ), which received royal assent on 12 March 2019.
> There are an estimated 250 original Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
> languages and over 600 dialects. Extending DGR status to those
> organisations that promote Indigenous languages will assist in the
> languages' preservation by attracting public financial support.
> We have updated our DGR table
> <https://www.ato.gov.au/Non-profit/Getting-started/In-detail/Types-of-DGRs/DGR-table/>
>  (
> https://www.ato.gov.au/Non-profit/Getting-started/In-detail/Types-of-DGRs/DGR-table/
>  ) to include these changes.
> Receiving tax-deductible gifts
> A DGR is an entity or fund that can receive tax deductible gifts, which
> may enable donors to claim a tax deduction for their gifts to the entity.
> A donor will follow different rules for claiming a tax deduction depending
> on whether their donation is a gift or a contribution. It's important to
> understand the difference between a gift and a contribution:
>    - a donor does not receive material benefit in return for their *gift*
>    - a donor can receive a minor benefit in return for their
>    *contribution* (for example, a donor purchases a ticket to a
>    fundraising dinner), however the value of the benefit must be within
>    specific limits.

*see what I'm up to here: www.maeakatohana.org

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I acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land and pay respect to
their role as holders of knowledge.
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