TasCOSS has been continuing our advocacy for a consistent interpretation and application of the exemption from council rates for properties owned and operated for charitable purposes.
This exemption exists under the Local Government Act 1993 and provides necessary support in the form of financial relief to the many charities and not-for-profit organisations in our community that deliver a range of essential community services and supports to those in need.
Through our engagement with members, TasCOSS has identified numerous examples where potentially eligible organisations do not receive a charitable rates exemption from council. We have presented this information to the Local Government Division and met with them to highlight the inconsistent application of this exemption by councils.
We are continuing to pursue this issue to ensure those organisations entitled to a rates exemption for charitable purposes receive it and will resist any attempts by the Government to water down the eligibility of our vital community service organisations.
- Annual Report 2019