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.
List of signatories
- Volunteering Queensland
- Relationships Australia Queensland
- Save the Children Australia
- Aboriginal Family Legal Services Southern Qld
- Caxton Legal Centre
- Weipa Community Care Association Inc.
- Peirson Group
- Children by Choice
- Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre
- 3rd Space
- Tenants Queensland
- Vocational Partnerships Group
- Redland Community Centre
- Independent Living Support Association (Cairns)
- Young People Ahead Youth and Community Services (Mount Isa)
- Roseberry Qld (Gladstone)
- Anglicare Central Queensland
- Queensland Positive People
- Northside Connect
- Infinity Community Services
- Hinchinbrook Community Support Centre
- Rosies – Friends on the Street