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  • Characteristics of a developed country disaster relief fund

    A developed country disaster relief fund is a public fund that has the following characteristics:

    • the fund is either
      • set up and controlled by a registered public benevolent institution (PBI), if the fund is an entity in its own right
      • operated by a registered PBI
       
    • the fund is established and maintained by the registered PBI solely for providing money for the relief (including relief by way of assistance to re-establish a community) of people in a country other than
      • Australia
      • a country declared by the Minister for Foreign Affairs to be a developing country
       
    • the people of the country are in distress as a result of a disaster
    • the disaster is recognised by a Treasury Minister as a disaster.

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    Established and maintained by a registered PBI

    The fund must be established and maintained by a registered PBI.

    If the fund is part of a registered PBI this requirement will be satisfied. The registered PBI should ensure the fund's money is not directed to the PBI's other purposes.

    If the fund is an entity in its own right (such as a trust or a company), relevant matters include:

    • the registered PBI's role in setting up the fund
    • the registered PBI's control of the fund
    • the registered PBI's role in supporting and resourcing the fund
    • the connection or integration of the activities of the fund and the registered PBI.

    It is not enough that the registered PBI helps or works with the fund, or that there is a close connection in their operations.

    The registered PBI must have established the fund and it must continue to maintain it.

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    Disasters

    We maintain a list of disasters for which developed country disaster relief funds can provide money.

    To qualify, the disaster must be one which is recognised by a Treasury Minister as a disaster.

    The Minister's recognition of a disaster must be announced publicly and must specify the day (or the first day) the disaster is taken to have occurred or commenced.

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      Last modified: 12 Oct 2016QC 18997