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Wayne Swan

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer

3 December 2007 - 27 June 2013

6 March 2008


Joint Media Release
The Hon Chris Bowen MP
Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs

Approval of Deductible Gift Recipients

Tax deductions are provided to donors who give to organisations that are endorsed as deductible gift recipients (DGRs), subject to certain conditions.  Organisations which do not fall under the general DGR categories may seek specific listing in the income tax law.

The Government has confirmed that the following organisations will be specifically listed. 

  • World Youth Day 2008 Trust
  • Xanana Vocational Education Trust
  • The Council for Jewish Community Security
  • Wheelchairs For Kids Incorporated
  • Memorials Development Committee Ltd
  • AE 2 Commemorative Foundation Ltd
  • Finding Sydney Foundation
  • Australia for UNHCR
  • Ian Thorpe’s Fountain for Youth Limited
  • Amy Gillett Foundation
  • The Spirit of Australia Foundation
  • Dunn and Lewis Youth Development Foundation Limited
  • Playgroup Australia Incorporated

Legislation to amend the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to give effect to this announcement will be introduced as soon as practicable.

Taxpayers should ensure that they receive a receipt for their donation.

6 March 2008




World Youth Day 2008 Trust

The World Youth Day is an international event targeted at Roman Catholic youth.   World Youth Day 2008 will be held in Sydney between 15 and 20 July 2008, and is hosted by the Sydney Catholic Archdiocese.

Xanana Vocational Education Trust

The Xanana Vocational Education Trust aims to create a self sustaining vocational education system in Timor‑Leste. It has initially focussed on making distributions to institutions in Timor‑Leste such as the Dili Institute of Technology.

The Council for Jewish Community Security

The Council for Jewish Community Security was established to assist in the provision of security and protection for members and institutions of the Australian Jewish community.

Wheelchairs for Kids Incorporated

Wheelchairs for Kids Incorporated manufactures and distributes wheelchairs to disabled children in many developing countries.

Memorials Development Committee Ltd

The Memorials Development Committee Ltd is an organisation established to develop, design and construct two separate, but complementary memorials to World War I and World War II in the Anzac Parade memorials precinct of the Australian Capital Territory.

AE 2 Commemorative Foundation Ltd

The AE2 Commemorative Foundation Ltd aims to ensure that the Australian World War I Submarine HMAS AE 2, currently lying in the sea of Marmara, Turkey is preserved and its role in the Gallipoli campaign is appropriately recognised.

Finding Sydney Foundation

The Finding Sydney Foundation is an organisation formed to find the cruiser HMAS Sydney and the German raider HSK Kormoran, which were sunk off the Western Australian Coast in 1941. The Finding Sydney Foundation also aims to ensure preservation of the war graves and to commemorate the memory with a virtual memorial.

Australia for UNHCR

Australia for UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) was established to raise funds in Australia for the UNHCR, and raise awareness locally about the plight of refugees.

Ian Thorpe’s Fountain for youth Limited

Ian Thorpe’s Fountain for youth Limited focuses on a range of activities such as: improving the health and education outcomes of children, especially Indigenous children; improving literacy as a step towards improving the health and life expectancy of children; supporting Indigenous cultural education; and supporting projects that help to establish or sustain viable business projects for Indigenous communities.

Amy Gillett Foundation

The Amy Gillett Foundation aims to raise awareness of cyclist safety.  The Foundation’s efforts to raise awareness involve a range of communication strategies, conducting education and funding research.

The Spirit of Australia Foundation

The Spirit of Australia Foundation is an educational organisation that encourages and facilitates research into, and the dissemination of, knowledge of Australian history and heritage.

Dunn and Lewis Youth Development Foundation Limited

The Dunn and Lewis Youth Development Foundation was established to assist with the building of a memorial complex dedicated to two victims of the Bali bombing. The complex will provide programs to address chronic issues affecting young people.

Playgroup Australia Incorporated

Playgroup Australia Incorporated is an organisation which works in conjunction with the eight state and territory peak playgroup bodies to promote playgroup participation for all families with young children.  It advocates learning through play and supporting parents through playgroups as an integral part of the early childhood experience.