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Guidelines for charitable trusts wishing to distribute to government public hospitals

The Victorian Charities Act 1978 (the Act) was amended in 2006 to enable the trustees of certain charitable trusts to provide money, property or benefits to, or for the establishment of, 'eligible entities' as defined in section 7K of the Act.

In consultation with the Australian Taxation Office, the Department of Justice prepared guidelines to assist professional advisers of trustees of charitable trusts established as 'ancillary funds' or 'prescribed private funds' wishing to make distributions to public hospitals.

These guidelines apply to the list of hospitals named in the schedule to the guidelines.

Trustees should obtain their own professional advice as to the application of the Act to their particular circumstances. These guidelines are not intended to be a substitute for specific professional advice.

The State of Victoria and its employees do not guarantee that this publication is wholly without error. This publication is circulated on the understanding that the State of Victoria and its employees are not responsible for any action taken or any failure to take action on the basis of the material contained in this publication.

March 2012 – The schedule to the guidelines has been updated to correspond with the current names of hospitals in the schedule to the Health Services Act 1988.


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Author: Department of Justice and Regulation
Publisher: Department of Justice and Regulation
Date of Publication: November 2009
Copyright: State of Victoria, 2012

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