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A collection of updates, articles and papers written by The Little CFO & The Little CFO Legal

Advancing Social or Public Welfare

Part 1 Relieving the poverty, distress or disadvantage of individuals or families


When the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register an organisation, its charity ‘subtypes’ are also publicly registered.


These reflect the category of that organisation’s charitable purpose, which is what its activities will work towards achieving.


Each subtype has a specific meaning under the law.


The subtype for discussion today is for Advancing social or public welfare.


This is part 1 of a 5-part series on this subtype as it covers a broad scope of purposes.


This is a purpose introduced by the Charities Act, and includes purposes previously recognised in charity law (such as the relief of poverty and the relief of the needs of the aged).


The Charities Act confirms that the following purpose (among many others) is included:

Relieving the poverty, distress or disadvantage of individuals or families


Some examples of charities relieving poverty, distress or disadvantage:

o Accommodation services for people experiencing homelessness o International aid programs o Services for refugees o Soup kitchens o Employment & training services for the unemployed


If you need legal advice about a charity or not-for-profit, get in touch with us for a free 15-minute consultation: legal@littlecfo.com

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