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Do Nonprofit Organisations “Trade‿ Under The New Work Choices Legislation?

McGregor-Lowndes, Myles & Bitomsky, Sarah (2007) Do Nonprofit Organisations “Trade‿ Under The New Work Choices Legislation? Keeping Good Companies, 59(1), pp. 39-44.

Abstract

The new Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Act 2005 (Cth) is having a significant impact on all employers and employees, but its applicability to nonprofit corporations is unclear. The amended Workplace Relations Act 1996 as a consequence now applies to a “constitutional corporation‿ which is in turn defined as a “foreign corporation, or a trading or financial corporation formed within Australia‿ as per paragraph 51(xx) of the Australian Constitution. The crux of the issue is which nonprofit organisations, if any, are “trading‿ corporations? The key dividing line for business organisations is whether they are “corporations‿ (rather than partnerships or trusts). Clearly, the vast majority of business organisations trade. For nonprofit organisations the dividing line will be both whether they are a “corporation‿ and whether they “trade‿.

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ID Code: 7913
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: This article first appeared in this form in Keeping Good Companies, the Journal of Chartered Secretaries Australia
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Keywords: nonprofit organisation, Work Choices Act, labour law, constitutional corporation, trade, Australia
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Labour Law (180118)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > STATISTICS (010400) > Applied Statistics (010401)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 the authors.
Deposited On: 30 May 2007
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2013 22:39

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