The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has granted charitable status to the Federation of Sri Lankan Organisations of Queensland.
This followed the federation’s submissions to the ACNC over the past two years.
FSOQ president Jay Weerawardena said the recognition was the result of the hard work by the management team, headed by secretary Jayantha Weerasekera.
“Jayantha worked with us spending many days to get it right, sometimes with disagreements,” Dr Weerawardena said. “The ACNC also guided us with care until our application and objectives met with their requirements.”
He said the status came with accountability, and the FSOQ would come under ACNC scrutiny.
“At this stage, we must acknowledge the contribution of our good friend, the late Lal Mendis, in many stages of the application process. We had several meetings at his place.
“Closer to his death Lal was delighted to know that we got conditional acceptance from ACNC.”
Dr Weerawardena also thanked former treasurer Nande Tennakoon for his sterling contribution.
The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission is the national regulator of charities. It helps charities understand and meet their obligations through information, advice and guidance.