Government reviewing Charities Act

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Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Peeni Henare, announced the Government is beginning a review of the Charities Act 2005.

The review will look at whether the Act is effective and fit for purpose.

Peeni Henare said:

“A lot has changed in the charities sector, and it is important to make sure that the Act is still working well for all those who operate within it. This is a great opportunity to take a look at the legislation that guides charities."

Peeni Henare also said:

“The review will cover many substantive issues. The extent to which charities can advocate for their causes, and ways to appeal the regulator’s decisions, all need looking at."

The Department of Internal Affairs will lead the review process. The Terms of Reference for the review outline the scope, process and timeline. The review will include public consultation later in the year. Details about the consultation will be announced once they are confirmed.

The Frequently Asked Questions document notes:

"The review will look into the extent to which registered charities can advocate for their causes and points of view. The intent is to improve certainty and clarity on the circumstances under which charities can advocate for causes."

For more information see the review webpage at: www.dia.govt.nz/charitiesreview.