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  • Tax reform of not-for-profit bodies needs to proceed with caution

    by Judith Fox, National Director, Policy & Publishing
    11/06/2015

    The Federal Government’s discussion paper on tax reform specifically targets the not-for-profit (NFP) sector, asking if the current tax arrangements are appropriate. Importantly, it questions the ongoing availability of Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) concessions and tax deductions for gifts to approved recipients. The discussion paper points out that while existing tax concessions help increase the level of activity in the NFP sector, the value of revenue forgone is significant and growing steadily.

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  • What’s new in school governance?

    by Judith Fox, National Director, Policy & Publishing
    06/05/2015

    School governance is a specialised area that has its own challenges and interests. Directors appointed to school boards and councils have exactly the same legal duties as directors of for-profit companies. 

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  • Continuous disclosure — when to publish an earnings update?

    by Judith Fox, National Director, Policy & Publishing
    04/05/2015

    ASX has clarified when an earnings surprise ought to be disclosed to the market in revisions to Guidance Note 8 on continuous disclosure.

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  • Collective investor action — when does positive engagement become inappropriate control?

    by Judith Fox, National Director, Policy & Publishing
    24/04/2015

    Governance Institute recognises the importance of constructive investor engagement in maintaining good corporate governance. When effective engagement takes place between parties who want the entity to perform well over the long term and within a sound governance framework, everyone stands to benefit. 

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  • Got your sights on a board role?

    by Rachel Waterhouse, National Director, Marketing & Membership Services
    22/04/2015

    Once upon a time, board positions were meant for retiring executives, prominent business people, and partners in legal and accounting firms approaching the ‘twilight’ of their careers. But all that’s changing. A younger cohort of men and women, often working executives, are also beginning to take up directorships.

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  • The challenge of disclosing your board’s skills profile

    by Judith Fox, National Director, Policy & Publishing
    09/04/2015

    The success of a company relies on many factors. One of the most important is unquestionably, the quality and capabilities of its board of directors. After all, it’s the board that oversees the company’s all-important strategy as well as performance and sets the risk appetite. To be up to these tasks, the board must have the skills to steer the company through an ever-changing business environment and the insights to make the right strategic decisions even in challenging times.

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