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  • Not-for-profit Stewardship Group

    We are now accepting nominations for membership, nominations close on 26 September 2018.

    The Not-for-profit Stewardship Group (NFPSG) was established to foster strategic discussions about the major issues affecting not-for-profit organisations and their representatives. The group includes members that represent a broad spectrum of not-for-profit clients and key stakeholders from the not-for-profit community. The primary role and focus of the NFPSG is to:

    • consider issues around current tax administration and law as they relate to not-for-profits
    • consult on new policy initiatives proposed by government
    • identify opportunities to improve the tax and super systems – importantly, this includes making it easier for not-for-profit organisations and their representatives to access the concessions to which they are entitled and to meet their obligations
    • gain insights into current issues not-for-profit organisations and their representatives face
    • identify emerging issues or developments that may be of concern to not-for-profit organisations and their representatives
    • partner with the not-for-profit community to find appropriate solutions for issues raised and to improve the not-for-profit client experience in the tax and super systems
    • share key ATO messages with the not-for-profit community.

    The NFPSG is not able to comment on, or advocate new law change proposals on behalf of individuals or groups.

    The ATO consultation protocol underpins the consultation framework arrangements.

    Contact details

    If you have any questions about the work of the NFPSG or if you would like to submit an issue for the group to consider, you can email us at NFPStewardshipGroup@ato.gov.au. If you would like to speak to someone, add this request to your email and we will call you.

    Members

    The NFPSG is co-chaired by:

    • John McIntosh, Salvation Army
    • Tim Dyce, ATO NFP Client Experience Owner
    Non-ATO Members

    Organisation

    Members

    Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)

    Murray Baird

    Arts Law Centre

    Robyn Ayres

    Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, QUT

    Prof. Myles McGregor-Lowndes

    Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

    Phil Butler

    Catholic Social Services Australia

    Joe Zabar

    Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University of Technology

    Krystian Seibert

    Giuntabell

    Nunzio Giunta CPA

    Herbert Smith Freehills

    John Emerson

    Justice Connect

    Sue Woodward

    Law Council of Australia

    Jennifer Batrouney QC

    Philanthropy Australia

    Sarah Wickham

    Prolegis Lawyers

    Anne Robinson AM

    Salvation Army

    John McIntosh (co-chair)

    Tax Institute

    Simon Bowden

    Treasury

    Linda Ward

    Key ATO members

    Role

    Members

    NFP Client Experience Owner

    Tim Dyce (co-chair)

    NFP Client Experience Lead

    Kate Roff

    NFP Strategy and Client Experience Team

    Alison Zeitlhofer

    Secretariat services

    Gess Sottile

    Overview for prospective members

    Every two years the ATO calls for nominations from organisations and individuals to become members of the NFPSG.

    The current membership review is open and nominations close at 5.00pm (AEST) 26 September 2018.

    We are seeking some new members to work with existing NFPSG members to improve the experience of not-for-profit organisations and their representatives when interacting with the tax and super systems. Typically, a member of the NFPSG will understand and have strong connections with at least some part of the not-for-profit sector.

    About the NFPSG

    The NFPSG is one of nine stewardship groups the ATO operates and its main purpose is to foster strategic discussions about the major issues impacting not-for-profit organisations and their representatives.

    The NFPSG is an opportunity for not-for-profit representatives to engage with senior ATO leaders and help improve the not-for-profit client experience in the tax and super systems. The group however, is not a decision-making committee and its deliberations are not binding on the ATO.

    Members are drawn predominantly from not-for-profit organisations and groups that represent or advise not-for-profit organisations, including peak bodies. Our focus is on ensuring membership represents a broad cross-section of the Australian not-for-profit sector.

    What we expect of members

    Members of the NFPSG are expected to attend meetings and contribute actively, especially in relation to:

    • Existing or emerging issues and developments concerning the not-for-profit community regarding interactions with the tax and super systems.
    • How various types of not-for-profit organisations operate.
    • How the not-for-profit client experience can be improved regarding interactions with the tax and super systems.
    • Identifying opportunities to better communicate and engage with the not-for-profit community.

    Members are expected to:

    • Follow the ATO Consultation Protocol and treat information confidentially.
    • Attend meetings in person at least twice a year and, in the case of those representing organisations, nominate a proxy when unable to attend.
    • Consult with, and advocate on behalf of, not-for-profit organisations on matters relating to tax and super administration.
    • Share information between the ATO and not-for-profit organisations and their representatives using their networks and communication channels within the not-for-profit community.

    Meeting details

    Meetings of the NFPSG are held three times each calendar year and run from 10.00am to 3.00pm. From 2019 we propose the location and type of meeting will be as follows:

    • March/April (date to be confirmed) 2019 face-to-face Melbourne (Docklands)
    • July/August (date to be confirmed) 2019 telepresence (video) meeting. Members will have a choice of attending ATO offices in Sydney, Melbourne (Docklands), Canberra or Brisbane
    • November 2019 face-to-face in Sydney CBD.

    In addition to the regular meetings, NFPSG members will be invited to share their knowledge and experience with the ATO from time to time as part of issues-based working groups, consultation events, or one-on-one discussions on specific matters.

    Types of membership

    There are typically two types of members of the NFPSG however, what we are looking for in all members is a strong connection with the not-for-profit sector and the ability to access a wide range of views, experiences and connections in the not-for-profit sector.

    1. Organisations

    These are ideally not-for-profit organisations themselves or organisations that provide services to not-for-profit organisations. For example, an organisation member could be:

    • A peak body with a wide base of not-for-profit organisations either as members or accessing the information and/services it provides.
    • An organisation that provide services to clients consisting mainly of not-for-profit organisations and/or their representatives.

    This list is intended as a guide only and is not prescriptive, see the contact details below if you would like to check eligibility.

    1. Individuals

    These are ideally individuals who have worked in the not-for-profit sector or have an in-depth knowledge of the sector, for example an Individual member could be:

    • Working for a not-for-profit organisation with a wide view of the operations of the organisation.
    • Working for an organisation that provides for example, legal, accounting, financial, administrative, or governance services to not-for-profit organisations.
    • Working in academia, specialising in not-for-profit issues.

    This list is intended as a guide only and not prescriptive, see the contact details below if you would like to check eligibility.

    Nominating for membership

    If you are an organisation or an individual and you would like to nominate to join the NFPSG, email your nomination with the details outlined below to NFPStewardshipGroup@ato.gov.au by 5.00pm AEST 26 September 2018.

    Organisation Membership

    If you are an organisation nominating a representative, please include the following additional information with your application:

    • Information about your organisation and its role in the not-for-profit community.
    • A contact name, number and email address for your organisation.
    Information to provide in support of all nominations

    The following information about the individual who will attend meetings will help us when considering your nomination.

    • Contact details including both an email address and mailing address.
    • Experience within the not-for-profit community, including membership of other consultative committees.
    • Capacity to consult with, and advocate on behalf of, not-for-profit organisations on matters relating to tax and super systems administration, to facilitate the identification of key concerns and areas for improvement.
    • Willingness and ability to provide feedback and insights actively at meeting and in out-of-session consultative meetings to assist us in improving the not-for-profit client experience.
    • Willingness and ability to share information proactively between the ATO and not-for-profit organisations and their representatives using networks and communication channels within the not-for-profit community, including examples of how they would do this.
    • Ability to attend face-to-face meetings in Melbourne or Sydney.
    • Commitment to follow the ATO Consultation Protocol.

    Appointments

    Appointment to the NFPSG is at the discretion of the ATO and membership is typically for a period of two years, with the option to renominate for a further period.

    The ATO does not pay sitting fees or reimburse travel costs for participation in the NFPSG however, morning tea and lunch are provided at meetings.

    How you will be notified

    All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their nomination by email and we will formalise the new membership of the NFPSG at its November meeting. All existing and new members of the NFPSG will be invited to attend the 28 November 2018 face-to-face meeting in Sydney CBD.

    If you have any questions you can email NFPStewardshipGroup@ato.gov.au or contact the Secretariat, Gess Sottile on (02) 6216 2264.

    2018 meeting dates

    The group meets three times a year and our meeting dates and locations for 2018 are:

    • 15 March 2018 in Sydney
    • 25 July 2018 in Melbourne
    • 28 November 2018 in Sydney

    Minutes

    Minutes and key messages of meetings are available below:

    For prior minutes or key messages, email consult@ato.gov.au and specify what you require.

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