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Men’s Shed to receive Tax Deductible Charity Status

  For many years Sheds around Australia have continually sought information and advice from the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) on how to receive Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Status. This has been an important issue for Sheds, as many funding grants and donations require DGR.

Ted O’Brien, Federal Member for Fairfax, acknowledged the need for Sheds to be eligible for DGR and has worked tirelessly on our behalf to make the necessary changes to enable Sheds to receive DGR Status.

Yesterday,  24 March 2019, the Federal Treasurer, The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, announced that the Government would introduce new legislation that will allow Men’s Sheds to be eligible for DGR as of July 1st 2020.

What this means is that from 1 July 2020 anyone who donates $2 or more to a Shed can claim an income tax deduction for that donation. Men’s Sheds rely on grants as well as their fundraising activities and donations from within their communities. Until now most have been precluded from accessing significant funds through corporate or philanthropic entities as they do not have DGR status. With Sheds being eligible to access DGR, this will allow them to apply for a broader range of funding opportunities than before.

The AMSA would like to convey our sincere appreciation to the Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien for his extraordinary work in pursuing this issue for three years and managing to secure this exceptional result. We would also like to acknowledge the Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and the Assistant Treasurer Stuart Roberts who, without their support, this legislation would have not been possible.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said “Last year I had the pleasure of officially opening the North Balwyn Community Men’s Shed in Victoria and had the chance to hear first-hand from many of the locals about what the Men’s Shed meant to them,” he said. “For some, it was a place to build and create, for others it was a reason to get up every day”.

“This is just one example of the invaluable support that around 1,000 Sheds provide, from the Rockhampton Men’s Shed in Queensland, to the Exmouth Men’s Shed in Western Australia and the Kings Meadows Men’s Shed in Tasmania.”

Mr O’Brien said the decision was a true recognition of what Sheds do.

“They are so much more then just banging nails into wood – even when hammering ends in a bench for a nursing home and they are more than just repairing old bikes – even when those two-wheelers let an underprivileged child learn to ride.
“They are also about social inclusion and they’re successfully addressing issues of loneliness, mental health and other conditions,” Mr O’Brien said.

This is a huge step forward for the Men’s Shed movement and is acknowledgement and recognition of the exceptional work we are all doing together in making a significant difference in the health and wellbeing of men and their communities.