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SAACID-Australia
SAACID is fully endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) by the Australian Government

Australian Business Number (ABN):
24 728 815 723

Charity Number - CH1371

Incorporation Number - IA30308

Postal Address:
PO Box 68
Woody Point, Queensland
Australia 4019

History

A group of Australian volunteers began collecting second-hand books to send to Somalia in 1999. This initiative proved to be extremely successful in adding value to SAACID schools in Mogadishu, so those volunteers then agreed to expand their campaign in collecting books; and to formalise their efforts by incorporating a sister organisation (SAACID Australia Incorporated).

On 23 July 2001 SAACID-Australia was incorporated with the Queensland Government's Office of Fair Trading in Brisbane. The incorporation of the organisation raised the profile and legitimacy of SAACID and many more schools (both public and private) began to donate their second-hand books to SAACID. Also, community-based organisations, such as Save the Children, Lions International and Zonta also began collecting books and clothing.

In 2001, SAACID-Australia developed its first joint 5-year strategic plan with SAACID-Somalia. SAACID-Australia was to concentrate on core development issues surrounding legitimacy in the Australian context, deepening ties with local communities and community-based organisations in Australia, and securing endorsements for tax exemption and tax-deductibility on donations in Australia. SAACID-Australia was to also seek volunteers and donations of cash, goods and services to help develop and sustain the programming of its sister organisation in Somalia.

On 21 January 2003 SAACID-Australia was recognised as a fully endorsed charity by the Queensland and Australian governments.

On 20 August 2004 SAACID received full Australian Taxation Office (ATO) endorsement as an Income Tax Exempt Charity (ITEC). The income tax exemption is from 26 June 2004 (under Subdivision 50-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997). From 1 July 2005, SAACID has been entered in the public register maintained by the Australian Business Registrar (Australian Government busienss website) [type in SAACID's ABN number that is given at the top of this page to see SAACID's current governmental status]). SAACID has the capacity to self-assess its entitlement to fringe benefits rebate (123E of the Fringe benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986); and GST charity tax concessions (176 of A New tax System {Goods and Services Tax} Act 1999).

On 17 October 2004, AusAid endorsed SAACID as 'an approved organisation' in relation to SAACID's application for the Overseas Aid Gift deductibility Scheme (OAGDS) On 28 October 2004 the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade endorsed SAACID as 'an approved organisation' for the OAGDS. This endorsement allows SAACID-Australia to provide tax deductibility on donations of cash, goods and services to individuals, groups or companies registered and paying tax within Australia.

Treasury have also endorsed SAACID as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR). The Assistant Treasurer gazetted a notice specifying that SAACID-Australia Incorporated is an eligible fund for the purposes of item 9.1.1 of table 9 in s 30-80(1) of the ITAA 1997, with effect from 14 March 2005. Source: Commonwealth Gazette No GN12, 30 March 2005 [p 796].

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) provided the final endorsement for SAACID to become a DGR. This endorsement took effect from 30 March 2005.

Programming Highlights

  • Micro-credit programming for women
  • Support for primary, secondary and vocational schools
  • Water and sanitation programming
  • Health and nutrition programming for children
  • Construction and ongoing support for a children's hospital specialising in severely malnourished children with secondary health complications
  • Public sector rehabilitations
  • Leadership and management training for local government and community leaders
  • Practical conflict resolution tranining for local government and community leaders
  • Demobilisation, Disarmament and Reintegration (DDR) of militia
  • National and programmatic surveys
  • Emergency food kitchens