In June 2017, the Australian Government Treasury released a discussion paper on potential reforms to the Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) tax arrangements. DGR status allows organisations, such as NCSSA, to receive gifts and contributions for which donors are able to claim a tax deduction. Potential reforms included requiring charities to provide 'additional information' about their advocacy activities, and specifically requiring environmental organisations to commit no less than 25 per cent of their annual expenditure to 'on ground' work. We argued that advocacy is an important part of the work of all environmental groups and therefore we did not support the calling in to question of activities that are not specifically 'on-ground' in their delivery. Environmental groups are permitted by law to conduct both 'on-ground' and advocacy activities in pursuit of their charitable purpose to protect and enhance the natural environment.
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