The National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO) is a membership association representing charitable recycling organisations throughout Australia.
It is the peak body that represents the sector’s interests to regulators, legislators, the media and the public. Above all NACRO provides a network where members can benefit from each other and promote the good work and needs of sector to the community and to governments at all levels to ensure that the sector is given due consideration.
NACRO advocates educating the community to donate goods responsibly, to provide maximum profits for social welfare with minimum cost to the environment and the collecting charities. It provides the community with guidance on beneficial donating practices.
Like most Industry Associations, NACRO provides a range of benefits for its members. It is governed by an annually elected Board of up to 12 members, who meet monthly to discuss sector issues. Many issues are dictated by state legislation and thus specific state issues are managed by State Councils. Each member charity may participate on the State Council represented by an authorised nominee. Such nominee must be an employee or bona fide volunteer of the nominating member.
The registered objects of the association are as follows:
- To be the peak organisation for charitable recycling organisations in Australia
- To assist each member to provide maximum financial support from recycling operations for its charitable purposes
- To facilitate the activities of each State Council to attain the objects of the Association
- To enlist and encourage co-operation and support from the Federal Government, industries, corporations, trade unions and the community for the recycling operations of members and to assist State Councils in their contacts with state and local governments
- To promote the research and development of recycling operations and to facilitate the exchange of information, experiences and advice between members
- To monitor and inform members of legal or political matters relating to the recycling operations of members.
Membership in the Association is available to organisations that have obtained Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status from the Australian Taxation Office and operate recycling programmes for the purpose of emergency assistance and/or the supply of low cost clothing and/or the support of the charitable purpose of the particular charity or Public Benevolent Institution.
Membership is not available to charitable recycling organisations that:
- Sell or otherwise allow their brand/name to be used by another organisation to solicit donations of used clothing or associated products
- Are not actively involved via their own staff or volunteers or under the name of the charity in one or more of the following, collection, sorting, retailing, exporting of used clothing and associated products or providing clothing to the public for charitable purposes
- Have not been actively involved within the charitable recycling industry for a minimum of twelve months prior to seeking membership of NACRO.
In accordance with the NACRO Constitution, the National Executive Committee of NACRO reserves the right to accept or reject any membership application.
NACRO members range from the largest national charities that have invested in recycling infrastructure and operate across a designated region to individual charity op shops supporting their local charitable organisation. The membership categories and associated annual fees (Inclusive of GST) take into account this proportionate diversity of recycling operations.
Annual membership commences 1st July. New members are charged pro-rata.
|National Membership||$12,000.00 per annum|
|State Membership||$2,550.00 per annum|
|Independent Membership||$2,000.00 per annum|
|Associate Membership||$570.00 per annum|
|Small Charity Membership||$440.00 per annum|
|Incorporated Body of Charitable Recycling Organisations||$4,400.00 per annum|
The membership fee is determined at each Annual General Meeting of NACRO.
Each member charity may participate on the relevant State Council represented by an authorised nominee. Such nominee must be an employee or bona fide volunteer of the nominating member.
available to organisations in which the governance structure consists of a centre constituent body which exercises authority and direct control over the organisations recycling operations nationally. Each National Member shall be entitled at Annual General Meetings of the Association to two (2) votes per state in which the organisation is actively carrying out its recycling operations.
available to organisations that represent their own constituent bodies within the boundaries of any state or territory. Applicants for this category are required to declare the constituent bodies they will represent. Constituent bodies so represented will be required to apply for Associate Membership. Each State Member will be entitled to two (2) votes at Annual General Meetings of NACRO.
available to organisations that are not affiliated with a State Member and that wish to exercise voting rights at General Meetings of NACRO. Each Independent Member will be entitled to one (1) vote at Annual General Meetings of NACRO.
available to those organisations affiliated with State Members or to such other persons or organisations which the Executive Committee considers would assist in the attainment of any of the objectives of NACRO. Associate Members are not entitled to vote at Annual General Meetings of NACRO.
Small Charity Membership
available to organisations with a recycling turnover of less than $50,000 per annum. Small Charity members have no voting rights under the NACRO constitution.
Incorporated Body of Charitable Recycling Organisations Membership
available to an Incorporated Body of Charitable Recycling Organisations that represents its members within the boundaries of any state of territory in accordance with the Constitution. Each Incorporated Body of Charitable Recycling Organisations shall be entitled to five (5) votes at Annual General Meetings of NACRO.
The NACRO constitution can be downloaded here…
The 2016-17 Membership Application Form can be downloaded here …