The proposal, which was brought before the senate on Tuesday by Labor Senator Catryna Bilyk, was first put forward by Senator Anthony Chisholm in May.
It aims to establish a Select Committee on Charity Fundraising in the 21st Century to report on the current framework of charity fundraising regulation and options for reform.
The move has been warmly welcomed by the charity sector, which has long campaigned to improve the state of fundraising regulation in Australia.
Sue Woodward, director of national projects at Justice Connect, which has been working in collaboration with some of Australia’s leading professional and peak bodies as part of the #fixfundraising campaign, told Pro Bono News they were excited by the news.
“The hope is that they shine a light on this issue,” Woodward said.
“It hasn’t been one that’s been seen as a priority and I think a Senate Select Committee helps us elevate it to the level that it deserves.”
SOURCE: Williams, Wendy. “Senate Approves Inquiry into Charity Fundraising.” ProBono Australia, 20 June 2018.
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