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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 10 Hansard (29 August) . . Page.. 3132..


(2) Yes, interstate charities can obtain a licence in the ACT, but they are usually organisations which either have an office in the ACT or who indicate that a proportion of the collection will be used to benefit residents in the ACT. The number of national or interstate organisations granted a licence were:

2000 10

2001 13

to 30/6/2002 8

(3) The licence does not cover an appeal by telephone as this type of collection is not regulated by the Collections Act 1959. A recent National Competition Policy Review of this Act recommended that the Act be extended to cover appeals by telephone. The Government is currently considering this recommendation and the Collections Bill 2002 is on the Spring Legislation program.

(4) This information is not maintained.

(5) Charities are required to state the purpose of their appeal as per section 3(1)(b) of the Act.

(6) Each applicant to whom a licence is issued is required to make a statutory declaration within 30 days of completion of a collection setting out the money or goods collected, details of the expenses incurred and the manner in which the net proceeds have been dealt with.

(7) There is currently no estimate of the amount raised annually by charities, as charities engage in numerous forms of fundraising other than just collecting in public places or by going door to door at places of residence. The statutory declarations received to date and referred to in the previous answer, indicate that the following amounts have been collected during charitable collections:

2000 $289,038

2001 $487,020

2002 to 30 June $219,968

(8) A recent National Competition Policy Review of this Act recommended that the Act be extended to require audited annual balance sheets. The Government is currently considering this recommendation and the Collections Bill 2002 is on the Spring Legislation program.

Supplementary appropriation

(Question No 253)

Mr Humphries asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 28 August 2002:

Regarding the amount of $2 603 000 appropriated in the Appropriation Act 2001-2002 (No 3) subsection 9, section 6, can the Minister advise:


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