27 frontline community organisations spanning the length and breadth of Queensland have signed an open letter calling on all Queensland Senators to reject the Commonwealth Government’s proposed ACNC regulations.

QCOSS CEO Aimee McVeigh said the proposed regulations are unprecedented.

“No other industry would ever be expected to adhere to such onerous regulations.

“Every cent that our community organisations have goes towards helping Queenslanders experiencing vulnerability. These regulations will divert substantial resources towards box ticking compliance exercises.

“Simple actions taken by volunteers and frontline workers could result in our organisations’ charitable status being revoked.

“For example, if the Charities Commissioner believes a law could be broken in the future by a community organisation’s worker or volunteer, the organisation’s charitable status could be revoked.

“From Mount Isa to Mount Gravatt, from neighbourhood centres to domestic violence prevention services, Queensland’s community sector is united against these regulations. Queensland Senators must vote in favour of Senator Patrick’s disallowance motion on Thursday,” said Aimee McVeigh, QCOSS CEO.

150,000 Queenslanders go to work in more than 5,000 charities serving our communities every day. The essential work of community services is supported by more than 324,000 volunteers across the state.

Read the open letter

List of signatories

  1. QCOSS 
  2. Volunteering Queensland 
  3. Relationships Australia Queensland 
  4. DVConnect 
  5. Save the Children Australia 
  6. Kurbingui 
  7. Aboriginal Family Legal Services Southern Qld 
  8. Caxton Legal Centre 
  9. Weipa Community Care Association Inc. 
  10. Peirson Group 
  11. Children by Choice 
  12. QAI 
  13. Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre 
  14. 3rd Space 
  15. Tenants Queensland 
  16. Vocational Partnerships Group 
  17. Redland Community Centre 
  18. Independent Living Support Association (Cairns) 
  19. Young People Ahead Youth and Community Services (Mount Isa) 
  20. Roseberry Qld (Gladstone) 
  21. Anglicare Central Queensland 
  22. Queensland Positive People 
  23. Northside Connect 
  24. Infinity Community Services 
  25. QFCA 
  26. Hinchinbrook Community Support Centre 
  27. Rosies – Friends on the Street 
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