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  • Home | Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association

    The Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA) is the national peak body for Neighbourhood Houses and Centres in Australia. About Us We represent over 1000 neighbourhood and community houses and centres across Australia. ANHCA Public Fund for DGR The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR assists eligible Houses and Centres to receive tax deductible donations from individuals and businesses and apply for project funding from philanthropic trusts and foundations. ANHCA and the SDGs We are dedicated to working towards the United Nations 17 Goals. Find out how here Life is worth getting on with when you are able to come to the centre, feel safe, and connect with others who are feeling just like you do. Life is brighter if you have something to look forward to and someone to talk and laugh with. Centre Attendee Rostrata Family Centre in Western Australia

  • Grants | Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association

    Grants for targeting disadvantage We are proud to be partnering with Sidney Myer Fund to provide the Supporting Stronger Communities grants program. These grants provide up o $10,000 each for projects which tackle poverty and disadvantage in local communities. So far over 100 neighbourhood houses/centres across Australia have received them to deliver important initiatives. Read about them . The grants are aimed at towns or cities with a population of more than 15,000 people. If you are from an area with a smaller population, see Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s (FRRR) Strengthening Rural Communities program. The grants will take place across 3 rounds in 2022. We've uploaded two videos to assist you in your grant writing. Watch them here. Round 12 Opens: 6 February 2023 Closes: 16 March 2023 Download the 2023 Program Guidelines Download the Information about eligible Partnership arrangements Download the guide on Creating a Budget APPLY NOW via SMARTY GRANTS!

  • Neighbourhood House Week | ANHCA

    Neighbourhood House Week Neighbourhood House Week is 8 – 14 May 2023 . The theme and resource packs will be available at the end of February. ​ Neighbourhood House Week, happening across Australia from 8 to 14 May 2023, is a nationwide initiative to celebrate the role of over 1,000 Neighbourhood and Community Houses and Centres. In New South Wales, Queensland, and Western Australia, it is referred to as Neighbourhood Centre Week, and in South Australia it is referred to as Community Centre Week. ​ This year's theme will be announced at the end of February. Resource Pack Please note that these are 2022 resources, 2023 resources will be ready at the end of FEB. Different Resource Packs have been created for each state. Please ensure you choose the pack appropriate for your state as provided with the icons below.​​ ​ Note: the links will take you to Google Drive, where you can download a zipped folder containing the Resource Pack, see screenshot to the right for how to download this. New South Wales Queensland South Australia NSW Pack QLD Pack SA Pack Tasmania TAS Pack Victoria VIC Pack Western Australia WA Pack Included in the pack As well as a range of logos (PNG format) and state specific social media tiles, each pack contains the following resources, branded for Houses, Centres or Community Centres: I Love ... sign Give your members, guests, and event participants the opportunity to express why your House / Centre is important to them (PDF) . Email Signature Promote NHW 2022 through your emails. Editable Poster and Flyer Promote your NHW 2022 event using the A3 editable poster or A4 editable flyers (MS Word). NHW Poster Promote NHW 2022 using this generic A3 poster. Inviting elected officials to your Neighbourhood House Week Event Why invite your elected officials Tips to showcase your Centre Things to remember before and during the visit (PDF). Sample Invitation Elected Official Customise with your NHW 2022 event information (MS Word). ​ ​

  • Neighbourhood House Week | ANHCA

    Find a Neighbourhood House/ Centre Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA) represents over 1000 houses and centres around Australia. Each Neighbourhood House and Centre across Australia is represented by six state peak bodies that make up the membership of ANHCA. Tasmania Find a House/Centre Victoria Find a House/Centre Linkwest (WA) Find a House/Centre Queensland Find a House/Centre NSW Find a House/Centre South Australia Find a House/Centre

  • Research | Australian Neighbour

    Research Publications Find research reports and publications on issues and topics of relevance to the neighbourhood and community houses and centres sector. List Title This is a Paragraph. Click on "Edit Text" or double click on the text box to start editing the content and make sure to add any relevant details or information that you want to share with your visitors. List Title This is a Paragraph. Click on "Edit Text" or double click on the text box to start editing the content and make sure to add any relevant details or information that you want to share with your visitors. List Title This is a Paragraph. Click on "Edit Text" or double click on the text box to start editing the content and make sure to add any relevant details or information that you want to share with your visitors. List Title This is a Paragraph. Click on "Edit Text" or double click on the text box to start editing the content and make sure to add any relevant details or information that you want to share with your visitors.

  • Resources | Australian Neighbour

    Resources Grants Planning Calendar Annual Reports Sustainable Development Goals Training Board Nominations

  • Members | Australian Neighbour

    ANHCA Members There are over 1,000 Neighbourhood Houses and Centres across Australia, represented by six state peak bodies that make up the membership of ANHCA. ​ The shared vital elements of all houses and centres is that they provide a diverse and constantly evolving range of positive social, health, educational and economic outcomes for individuals, families and communities, particularly for those experiencing disadvantage. Community Centres South Australia (08) 8371 4622 info@communitycentressa.asn.au www.communitycentressa.asn.au ​ Linkwest (WA) (08) 9485 8929 office@linkwest.asn.au www.linkwest.asn.au ​ Local Community Services Association (NSW) (02) 9660 2044 admin@lcsansw.org.au www.lcsansw.org.au ​ Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania (03) 6228 6515 nht@nht.org.au www.nht.org.au ​ Neighbourhood Houses Victoria (03) 9602 1228 info@nhvic.org.au www.nhvic.org.au ​ ​ Neighbourhood Centres Queensland info@ncq.org.au www.ncq.org.au

  • Director ID FAQ | Australian Neighbour

    Director ID FAQ The following information to here to assist you in identifying whether your organisation is required to obtain a Director ID. ​ ​ Most Incorporated Associations are not required to obtain a Director ID. However, it will be required to obtain a Director ID if your organisation has an ARBN which permits interstate dealings. Members on the border (and Public Companies Limited by Guarantee) may need to get one. What is a Director ID? ​A director identification number (director ID) is a unique identifier you will keep forever. It will help to prevent the use of false or fraudulent director identities. ​ Who needs a director ID? You need a director ID if you’re an eligible officer of: a company, registered Australian body, or registered foreign company under the Corporations Act 2001 (Corporations Act) an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act). An eligible officer is a person who is appointed as either: a director an alternate director who is acting in that capacity. You will only ever need one director ID. You don’t have to apply for another one if you become a director of other companies. You must apply for your own director ID to verify your identity. ​ People who do not need a director ID You don't need a director ID if you're either: a company secretary but not a director acting as an external administrator of a company running a business as a sole trader or partnership referred to as a ‘director’ in your job title but have not been appointed as a director under the Corporations Act or the CATSI Act a director of a registered charity with an organisation type that is not registered with ASIC or ORIC to operate throughout Australia an officer of an unincorporated association, cooperative or incorporated association established under state or territory legislation, unless the organisation is also a registered Australian body. State Based Incorporated Associations do not need a director ID unless they have an ARBN (this is not an ABN) or if they are a Public Company Limited by Guarantee or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation (registered under the CATSI Act). ​ Do you have or do you need a Australian Registerable Body Number (ARBN)? ​ Some organisations, like associations, can only conduct business in their ‘home’ state or territory, these include associations formed under these Act’s: Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic) Associations Incorporation Act 1985 (SA) Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (WA) Associations Incorporation Act 2009 (NSW) Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (QLD) Associations Incorporations Act 1964 (TAS) Associations Act 2003 (NT) Associations Incorporations Act 1991 (ACT) In order to business across the border these organisations must become Australian Registrable Bodies and be issued an Australian Registrable Body Number (ARBN) by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC). If you deal interstate and do not have one you need to register. If you register for an ARBN, your board members need to also apply for a Director Identification Number. Apply for your director ID You can apply for a director ID now. When you need to apply is determined by when you were first appointed, and under which Act. If you plan to become a director, you can apply before you’re appointed. Apply now Find out more information here ​ If you are unsure if you have a ARBN you can check here If you would like more details on the ARBN you can see it here You can apply for an ARBN through Form 401 here ​ ​

  • Annual Report | Australian Neighbour

    Annual Report We produce an annual report each financial year to report on our progress and financial position. Current Annual Report ​ Download the Annual Report 2021 - 2022 (PDF 6MB) Thank you to all neighbourhood and community houses and centres who contributed images, stories and statistics to make this annual report possible. ​ ​ Past Annual Reports ​ Annual Report 2020 - 2021 (PDF 6MB) ​ Annual Report 2019 - 2020 (PDF 5MB) ​

  • About Us | Australian Neighbour

    About Us Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA) is the national peak body for neighbourhood houses and community centres in Australia. We represent over 1000 houses and centres around Australia. With a vision for strong local communities, ANCHA represents over 1000 Neighbourhood Houses/Centres across all of Australia. This is the generic name used for centres nationally known by a variety of names including Community Houses, Learning Centres, and Community Centres. Each of these are member organisations of their state peak representative bodies. ANHCA is committed to the development of place based solutions to meet the economic, social and civic opportunities and challenges that are currently facing Australian communities. To achieve this, ANHCA works to support the evolution of strong local communities through the empowerment of engaged local leaders and the creation of community partnerships. Each week, over 406,000 people visit a Neighbourhood or Community House or Centre in Australia. With unparalleled reach into local communities, we strengthen the foundations of communities to enable people and their families to thrive. Houses and centres are located in some of the most geographically isolated and disadvantaged communities in Australia and work with their communities to identify needs and facilitate local opportunities. This approach underpins the very core of what our sector offers as places where people from all walks of life, age, ability, race and gender come together to connect, learn, create, celebrate and contribute. ​ ​ Our purpose ​ To contribute to national policy and issues of common interest to the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia To promote and strengthen the national identity of the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia To enhance the quality, skills and knowledge of the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia To support the activity and work of the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia

  • Information for Donors | Australian Neighbour

    Information for Donors Thank you for your interest in making a tax deductible donation to a Neighbourhood or Community House/Centre. The following information outlines some details about the Public Fund and how you can make a donation to your local Neighbourhood House or Centre. What is the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? How can I donate to Neighourhood House/ Centre? Can we specify which Neighbourhood House/ Centre the gift will benefit? Does the ANHCA Public Fund take a commisson on donations? Who oversees how funds are used? What is the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR The Australian Treasury granted special listing in tax legislation to ANHCA to establish and operate a Public Fund to coordinate the national fundraising activities of Neighbourhood Houses/Centres. ANHCA is legally able to direct funds to other entities to support the activity and work of Neighbourhood Houses/Centres throughout Australia, as outlined in our statement of purposes. The listing of the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association Inc (ANHCA) as Item 1 DGR in Division 30, section 30-45 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 ens ures donations of $2* or more to the ANHCA Public Fund are tax deductible. Due to the limited resources of ANHCA we are unable to issue receipts for donations of less than $100. How can I donate to a Neighbourhood house/ centre? To make a donation to a Neighbourhood House/Centre you can: Speak to your local Neighbourhood House/Centre directly or Fill an online donation form CLICK HERE Donations must be made to the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR. In order for you to receive a tax receipt, donations cannot go directly to the House/ Centre as they need to go through the ANHCA Public Fund. ANHCA bank details are on the online form. Can we specify which Neighbourhood house/ centre the gift will benefit? You are able to indicate the Neighbourhood House or Centre you would like your donation to go to. To date, all donations made have been directed to the organisation nominated by the donor. Your donation must be made unconditionally to the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR in order to be tax deductible, and the distribution of funds received is legally the decision of the ANHCA Public Fund Committee. Does the ANHCA Public Fund take a commission on donations? Yes. ANHCA takes a 5% from all donations in order to support the continued administration of the Public Fund. Who oversees how funds are used? The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR operates under the rules determined by the Australian Taxation Office, which requires the majority of committee members to meet their definition of ‘Responsible Persons’. As not-for-profit entities, each organisation must report annually on their financial position to the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC), their state regulatory body and their members.

  • Information for Houses & Centres | Australian Neighbour

    Information for Houses and Centres What is the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? What is Deductible Gift Recipient status? Does the existance of the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR mean that my house/ centre has DGR status? Is there a cost assoicated with accessing the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR How can the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR assist my house/ centre Eligibility Aligning with ANHCA Constitution Does this mean houses/ centre can access salary packaging and other tax consessions Administration of the funds Advocacy What is the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR is a vehicle Neighbourhood Houses/Centres can use to accept tax deductible donations or apply for grants from philanthropic foundations/trusts and corporations requiring DGR (deductible gift recipient) tax status. It is overseen by the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA) Inc. The listing of ANHCA Inc. for DGR Item 1 status in Division 30, section 30 -45 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, ensures donations of $2 or more to the ANHC Public Fund are tax deductible. What is Deductible Gift Recipient status? An organisation that has deductible gift recipient (DGR) status can receive tax deductible gifts. An individual or business that makes a donation to an organisation with DGR status can deduct the amount of the donation from their taxable income, which means they pay less tax. Does the existence of the ANHCA Public fund for DGR mean that my House/ Centre has DGR status in its own right? No, the DGR status remains with ANHCA, which is why funding applications are lodged in ANHCA’s name and all donations and grants money must be paid through ANHCA to be issued with a tax receipt. Is there a cost to access the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? An administrative charge of 5% is deducted from donations and grants. This charge contributes to the costs associated with administrating the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR. How can the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR assist my Neighbourhood House/ Centre? Neighbourhood Houses/ Centres can now use the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR to receive tax deductible donations and apply for funds from philanthropic organisations and corporate foundations requiring DGR status. Is my Neighbourhood House/Centre eligible? To be eligible, your Neighbourhood House/ Centre must meet the following criteria: Be an organisation (as opposed to an individual) Be a financial member of the relevant State Peak Body Be a legal entity (ie an incorporated body) If the organisation is a network or peak body rather than a Neighbourhood House or Centre in its own right, it must apply funds to furthering or supporting the work of Neighbourhood Houses/Centres Not have DGR status Do the funds have to align with ANHCA Constitution? Yes, the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR can legally only direct funds to other entities in furtherance of the purposes in ANHCA’s constitution. These are to: Contribute to national policy and issues of common interest to the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia Promote and strengthen the national identity of the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia Enhance the quality, skills and knowledge of the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia Support the activity and work of the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia. ANHCA can accept funds and direct them for the work carried out by Neighbourhood Houses/ Centres, including project-based support and general support. Does the ANHCA Public Fund mean Neighbourhood Houses/Centres can access salary packaging and other tax concessions? No. Salary packaging is only available for employees directly employed by a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI). The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR is not a PBI and even if it were, it could not pass on additional tax incentives to other organisations. Who is involved with the administration of the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? The fund is governed by the ANHCA Public Fund Committee, made up of representatives from the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector, the majority of whom come under the ATO definition of ‘Responsible Persons.’ Why do not all Neighbourhood Houses and Centres have DGR status themselves rather than having to go through the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? Ideally, all Neighbourhood Houses/Centres should have DGR status in their own right. Some do – about 14% Australia-wide – but the majority who have applied for DGR status have been turned down from endorsement because the variety of services they provide do not fit into an existing DGR category. ANHCA has lobbied hard for many years to change the tax laws to include a general DGR category for Neighbourhood Houses/Centres. (See our Advocacy page )

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