About Us

We work collaboratively with our clients to build strong, sustainable relationships. Our team is committed to delivering consistent high standards of service, and we understand the importance of accessibility. Working with us, you'll enjoy open communication, meaning well scoped, properly resourced and effectively managed matters.

Learn More

Latest Case

Assisting the Commonwealth Government in drafting and negotiating major agreements June 23, 2017

Maddocks advised the Commonwealth Department of Health on the drafting and negotiation of the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement (the 6CPA) with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. Since 1990, the Government and the Pharmacy Guild have … Continued

Latest News

Briefing council: Maddocks launches Victorian local government blog July 20, 2017

Thursday 20 July 2017 Maddocks has today launched Council Brief, a blog designed to highlight and discuss issues of importance to the Victorian local government sector. Leveraging 132 years of experience working with Victorian councils, … Continued

Latest Article

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: FWC announces casual conversion clauses in modern awards, and domestic violence leave is next July 14, 2017

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has kicked off the new financial year by announcing two proposed changes to modern awards as a result of the four yearly modern award review. The changes are that: • … Continued

Deductible Gift Recipients (DGRs) Under Review

Update to our recent eAlert: Treasury has now extended the deadline by a further three (3) weeks the deadline for making submissions from 14 July to 4 August 2017.
Here is a link to the discussion paper.
Submissions may be lodged electronically (preferred) to DGR@Treasury.gov.au or by post to:
Senior Adviser
Individual and Indirect Tax Division
The Treasury
Langton Crescent
PARKES ACT 2600

Is your organisation a DGR?

Are you on a special DGR Register such as Register of Environmental Organisations (REO), Register of Cultural Organisations, the Register for Harm Prevention Charites or the Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme?

Is your organisation specifically listed in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997?

Does your organisation want to be a DGR?

If the answer to any of these questions is ‘Yes’, it is important you read the discussion paper released by the Commonwealth Treasury Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Reform Opportunities and consider making a submission.

The 14 page paper is an easy read with potentially significant implications if all the possible reforms are implemented. They include:

  • a requirement that all DGRs be registered as charities and regulated by the Australian Charities Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) – other than government entities, which by definition cannot be charities
  • transferring the administration of the four DGR registers to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
  • removing the public fund requirement for DGRs that are charities
  • a rolling program of regular review by the ACNC and/or the ATO of an organisation’s DGR status, which could result in revocation of the DGR status if the review found the necessary grounds
  • a requirement that DGRs be required to certify annually that they meet DGR eligibility requirements, with penalties for false statements.

The paper also contains 13 areas with specific consultation questions which indicate further regulatory reforms under consideration. These include:

  • whether the ACNC should require additional information from all registered charities about its advocacy activities
  • whether there should be a general sunset rule of five years for DGRs that are specifically listed in the ITAA.

Environmental organisations listed on the REO come in for particular mention, with the discussion paper drawing on the 2016 report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment of its enquiry into the REO. Stakeholders are specifically asked whether environmental organisations should commit no less than 25 percent of its annual expenditure from its public fund to environmental remediation and whether a higher limit should be considered.

Interested parties are invited by the Government to comment on the proposals outlined in the paper. Submissions may be lodged electronically (preferred) or by post by Friday 14 July 2017.

Email: DGR@Treasury.gov.au

Address written submissions to:

Senior Adviser

Individual and Indirect Tax Division

The Treasury

Langton Crescent

PARKES ACT 2600

Update to our recent eAlert: Treasury has now extended the deadline by a further three (3) weeks the deadline for making submissions from 14 July to 4 August 2017.
Here is a link to the discussion paper.
Submissions may be lodged electronically (preferred) to DGR@Treasury.gov.au or by post to:
Senior Adviser
Individual and Indirect Tax Division
The Treasury
Langton Crescent
PARKES ACT 2600

Is your organisation a DGR?

Are you on a special DGR Register such as Register of Environmental Organisations (REO), Register of Cultural Organisations, the Register for Harm Prevention Charites or the Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme?

Is your organisation specifically listed in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997?

Does your organisation want to be a DGR?

If the answer to any of these questions is ‘Yes’, it is important you read the discussion paper released by the Commonwealth Treasury Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Reform Opportunities and consider making a submission.

The 14 page paper is an easy read with potentially significant implications if all the possible reforms are implemented. They include:

  • a requirement that all DGRs be registered as charities and regulated by the Australian Charities Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) – other than government entities, which by definition cannot be charities
  • transferring the administration of the four DGR registers to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
  • removing the public fund requirement for DGRs that are charities
  • a rolling program of regular review by the ACNC and/or the ATO of an organisation’s DGR status, which could result in revocation of the DGR status if the review found the necessary grounds
  • a requirement that DGRs be required to certify annually that they meet DGR eligibility requirements, with penalties for false statements.

The paper also contains 13 areas with specific consultation questions which indicate further regulatory reforms under consideration. These include:

  • whether the ACNC should require additional information from all registered charities about its advocacy activities
  • whether there should be a general sunset rule of five years for DGRs that are specifically listed in the ITAA.

Environmental organisations listed on the REO come in for particular mention, with the discussion paper drawing on the 2016 report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment of its enquiry into the REO. Stakeholders are specifically asked whether environmental organisations should commit no less than 25 percent of its annual expenditure from its public fund to environmental remediation and whether a higher limit should be considered.

Interested parties are invited by the Government to comment on the proposals outlined in the paper. Submissions may be lodged electronically (preferred) or by post by Friday 14 July 2017.

Email: DGR@Treasury.gov.au

Address written submissions to:

Senior Adviser

Individual and Indirect Tax Division

The Treasury

Langton Crescent

PARKES ACT 2600