PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT HAVE DEDUCTIBLE GIFT RECIPIENT (DGR) STATUS.

This means you cannot  claim your donation on your tax return. However any and all donations will be eagerly accepted. Our sponsors are listed here.

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Bank: IMB
Account Name: Writers of the Far South Coast Inc.
BSB: 641 800
Account Number: 200459894

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For all official correspondance, our mailing address is:

Writers of the Far South Coast
P.O. Box 291
Merimbula NSW 2548

PayPal

Donations can also be made to the Writers of the Far South Coast via our PayPal account.

ATO

Our ABN is 83 267 549 343

Download ABN Details as PDF

Check for yourself at http://abr.business.gov.au

ASIC

NSW Department of Fair Trading registered our name with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) on our behalf.

Download ASIC Certificate as PDF

Check for yourself at https://connectonline.asic.gov.au

connecting-up

Connecting Up provides free listings for non-profits as well as many discounts and freebies. Registration required an ABN and ACNC status.

http://www.connectingup.org/organisation/writers-of-far-south-coast-inc

googleadgrants

Google provides free advertising on their search platform (excluding partners) to an amount of $10,000 USD per year ($328 USD / month) that can be used on the condition that the Ad Words account be checked regularly. The grant required an ABN and registration with ConnectingUp.

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Our Domain is registered with GoDaddy.

Download Nerd Info as PDF

Check for yourself at http://whois.ausregistry.net.au

Amazon Web Services

Our website is hosted on a Ubuntu EC2 instance on Amazon Web Services.

“The [Office of State Revenue] have approved [the Writers of the Far South Coast’s] request for an exemption from duty on insurance taken out or on behalf of [the Writers of the Far South Coast], under the Duties Act 1997. This exemption is effective from 28-MAR-2017 and [the] exemption will be reviewed every three years…”

http://www.osr.nsw.gov.au/taxes/insurance/exemptions

The WFSC holds $20 million public liability insurance as well as volunteer insurance with Artsure by Finsura as a Regional Arts NSW associate member with an NSW Office of State Revenue Insurance Duty Exemption.

http://regionalartsnsw.com.au/insurance

http://artsure.com.au/members

[WFSC] Public Liability Insurance Certificate [WFSC] Public Liability Insurance Certificate
[WFSC] Volunteer Insurance Certificate [WFSC] Volunteer Insurance Certificate

NSW Fair Trading

Our NSW Department of Fair Trading ID is INC9886800

The state-based Associations Incorporation Act of 1984 was repealed and replaced by the Associations Incorporation Act of 2009 and it commenced operation on 1 July 2010. The latest version of the Act (that we know of) was revised on the 3rd January 2014 and is available online.

http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/sessionalview/sessional/act/2009-7.pdf

Changing our RULES (1984) to a CONSTITUTION (2009) is not required unless our current rules do not satisfy our requirements.

Our Objects are:

“To foster and promote the growth and development of literature and letters in all their forms in Australia.”

As an Incorporated Association, we are inherently NON-PROFIT by NSW State Law and have a set of “Rules” that were adopted by a committee on 20th December 2006.

These are based on the 1984 Model Rules.

Download Rules as PDF

Annual Membership is currently $40.

The annual membership fee was increased in 2017 for the first time since the club became incorporated in December 2006. The amount was agreed upon by the entire committee at a meeting on the 21st January 2017. This action was taken because our financial situation appears uncertain without the assistance of a Mumbulla Foundation grant.

Initial estimates for the year see the club running a substantial deficit with outlaying costs of subsided venue hire, workshop presenter fees and other amounts required for the club’s ongoing operation. Without a fee increase, the committee feared for the continued existence of the Writers of the Far South Coast.

The committee continues to agree with the ongoing history of no “joining fees” for new members (part 2, section 8, clause 1), however the annual membership fee is required (part 2, section 8, clause 2).

New members joining the club late in the year will remain financial members for the following year. It is only polite, after all.

  • Part 2 – Membership
    • Section 8 – Fees and subscriptions
      • (1) A member of the association must, on admission to membership, pay to the association a [joining] fee of $1 or, if some other amount is determined by the committee, that other amount.
      • (2) In addition to any amount payable by the member under clause (1), a member of the association must pay to the association an annual membership fee of $2 or, if some other amount is determined by the committee, that other amount, on becoming a member and before 1 February in each succeeding calendar year.

“Officially” membership fees are due on the 1st February each year, however, our “Rules” allow until the 2nd April each year to remain a financial member of the Writers of the Far South Coast. There are two opportunities to pay in person, before this date, at our monthly meetings. Online payments via direct deposit and payments made by cheque and posted are also accepted. No one will be drawn and quartered for forgetting to pay their membership, we are a friendly club, but sometimes official rules are needed.

  • Part 2 – Membership
    • Section 4 – Cessation of membership
      • (c) is 60 days in arrears with respect to the annual subscription, or
    • Section 8 – Fees and subscriptions
      • (2) In addition to any amount payable by the member under clause (1), a member of the association must pay to the association an annual membership fee of $2 or, if some other amount is determined by the committee, that other amount, on becoming a member and before 1 February in each succeeding calendar year.

An example of when the “official rules” are needed is that only current financial members are allowed by the NSW Department of Fair Trading to sit on the committee and also to propose or second motions/nominations at AGM’s, general meetings or committee meetings.

ACNC

There are numerous writers clubs listed on the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC) website, including us. We are registered with the ACNC under “Advancing Culture”. See their “Arts Associations” fact sheet for more info.

The Writers of the Far South Coast is run as a Non-Profit incorporated association.

The word ‘charity’ has a technical legal meaning, developed over hundreds of years. When the ACNC makes decisions about whether to register an organisation as a charity, they apply the law:

  • made by judges (‘common law’) on the meaning of charity and charitable purposes
  • taking account of relevant legislation such as the ACNC Act and the Charities Act 2013 (Cth) (Charities Act) (which came into effect on 1 January 2014).

According to the ACNC, to be a charity, your organisation must:

  • be a not­-for-­profit, and
  • have a charitable purpose that is for the public benefit.

The Charities Act 2013 lists twelve charitable purposes:

  1. advancing health
  2. advancing education
  3. advancing social or public welfare
  4. advancing religion
  5. advancing culture
  6. promoting reconciliation, mutual respect and tolerance between groups of individuals that are in Australia
  7. promoting or protecting human rights
  8. advancing the security or safety of Australia or the Australian public
  9. preventing or relieving the suffering of animals
  10. advancing the natural environment
  11. promoting or opposing a change to any matter established by law, policy or practice in the Commonwealth, a state, a territory or another country, and
  12. other similar purposes ‘beneficial to the general public’ (a general category).

There are 600,000 Not-for-profit organisations in Australia, most remain unregistered with the ACNC, some of these could be eligible. Registration is voluntary and beneficial.

ACNC Registered

Download ACNC Registration Certificate

Download ACNC Registration Information

Check for yourself at http://www.acnc.gov.au/ACNC/FindCharity

If the legal meaning of charity or the difference between charity and non-profit is still unclear, I suggest visiting http://www.nfplaw.org.au they have lots of informative and clear factsheets such as Introduction to Charities Law

Official Not-For-Profit status is beneficial in supplementing our grant applications.

See our Sponsors page.