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New cultural organisations listed on tax deductibility register.



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New cultural organisations listed on tax deductibility register Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator George Brandis announced today another two dozen Australian cultural organisations have been added to the national Register of Cultural Organisations.

Senator Brandis said that now these organisations are listed on the Register, the public can make donations to them knowing their contributions will be tax deductible.

“The Register of Cultural Organisations is an important resource for Australians who want to make a contribution to support our unique and very vibrant cultural and arts organisations,” Senator Brandis said.

“Many of the organisations on the Register report that a significant portion of their revenue is provided through private donations, which is a sign of just how important philanthropic support for our cultural organisations is.”

“The 1108 cultural organisations now on the Register are able to offer their supporters tax deductibility for donations for a wide range of arts-related activities, and private donations to organisations on the Register have reached around $339m since it was set up in 1991.”

The Register is administered by the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts under Subdivision 30-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

A list of organisations newly listed on the Register is attached.

The complete Register and other information is available at www.dcita.gov.au/roco.

Media contact: Travis Bell 0448 950 248

23 August 2007

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Register of Cultural Organisations August 2007—newly listed organisations/public funds

Australian Capital Territory

Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material Inc: AICCM Public Fund

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Incorporated: Craft ACT Craft and Design Centre Gift Deductible Account

New South Wales

Australian Performance Exchange Inc: Public fund of Australian Performance Exchange Inc

Australian Turkish Mutual Alliance Trust: ATMA Donations Fund

Brandenburg Foundation Limited: Brandenburg Foundation

Carriageworks Limited: Carriageworks Limited Donations Account

Dutch Australian Cultural Centre Ltd: Dutch Australian Centre Gift Fund

Hindu Heritage Society Trust: Hindu Heritage Society Trust

MVH-FM Incorporated: MVH-FM Public Fund

Place and Spaces Incorporated: Places and Spaces Public Fund

PlayWriting Australia: PlayWriting Australia Public Fund

Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra Incorporated: SYO Tax Deductible Donations Account

South East Music Collective Incorporated: SEMC Public Fund

Trustee for Documentary Australia Foundation: Documentary Australia Foundation Donations Fund

Queensland

Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre Inc: Friends of BEMAC Foundation

Harvest Rain Ltd: Harvest Rain Theatre Donations Fund

St Mary’s Music Foundation: St Mary’s Music Foundation Fund

South Australia

Adelaide International Film Festival: Adelaide Film Festival Donations Fund

South Australian Contemporary Music Company Limited T/A Ausmusic SA: The Ausmusic SA Gift Fund

Victoria

Australian Chamber Choir Inc: Australian Chamber Choir Inc Support Fund

Brunswick Women’s Theatre Inc: The Brunswick Theatre Public Fund

Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Victoria Incorporated: The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Victoria Donations Fund

Melbourne Ballet Company Inc: Melbourne Ballet Company Gift Fund

Wantok Musik Foundation: Wantok Musik Cultural Fund