ROCO extended to Indigenous languages organisations
The Government has announced that it will make not-for-profit organisations which promote, revitalise and maintain Indigenous languages eligible for the Register of Cultural Organisations (ROCO), enabling them to obtain Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.
The change recognises the importance of both art and language to Indigenous culture. Organisations that promote Indigenous arts have been eligible for entry on the ROCO since it was established in 1991, helping them to raise funds from private donors. Now their counterparts working to maintain and revitalise Indigenous languages will also be eligible to receive tax-deductible donations, broadening their sources of revenue.
The change to DGR eligibility reinforces the Government’s commitment to the value of heritage and Indigenous languages, and the important role languages and arts both play in the wellbeing and identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
It is part of broader reforms to the administration of organisations with DGR status announced by the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, Minister for Revenue and Financial Services.