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All DGR Categories are now administered by the ATO

On 1 January 2024, the Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Registers Reform new measure comes into effect, transferring administrative responsibility of 4 unique DGR categories from 4 other government departments to the ATO.

The changes also repeal provisions that require each of the 4 government departments to maintain a separate register.

Currently, we're responsible for administering 48 of the 52 DGR categories. From 1 January 2024 we'll be responsible for administering all DGR categories, including assessing DGR endorsement eligibility for:

  • environmental organisations
  • harm prevention charities
  • cultural organisations
  • developing country relief funds or organisations (previously known as overseas aid funds).

This change will:

  • simplify the application process
  • substantially reduce the time to secure endorsement
  • create consistency across all DGR categories.

Transitional provisions are in place and apply to those organisations that:

  • are already DGR endorsed in one of the 4 unique DGR categories
  • have applications in-progress with one of the 4 government departments and have not been notified of an outcome of their request.

If you are already DGR endorsed in one of the 4 unique DGR categories, you continue to be endorsed if you continue to meet eligibility criteria.

If you have an application in-progress with one of the 4 government departments, you don't need to reapply with us. Your application will be transferred to us from 1 January 2024.

If you are looking to apply for DGR endorsement in one of the 4 unique categories, you can still do so via the relevant government department.


Taken from the Australian Taxation Office Newsroom Media Release on December 14, 2023

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