At their most recent meeting, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to establish a NFP Reform Working Group to develop an effective approach to the regulation of Australia’s not-for-profit (NFP) sector.

COAG tasked the NFP Reform Working Group with reviewing, developing and recommending NFP regulatory reform options to COAG including:

  • considering the adoption or application of a Commonwealth statutory definition of charity;
  • a nationally consistent approach to fundraising regulation;
  • reviewing legal, governance and reporting regulation for the NFP sector; and
  • considering approaches to harmonise the test for determining non-charitable activities of
    charities.

COAG agreed that the NFP Reform Working Group be asked to report to COAG at or before its next meeting, and ahead of the Commonwealth introducing the Australian Charities and NFP Commission legislation.