Intercultural Training Australia Limited: mini charity review

The charity's Annual Information Statement current at the time of this review has been superseded.  Please start with the updated review published in August 2018, and come back to this one as needed.

Mini charity review of Intercultural Training Australia Limited (ITA), an Associate member of Missions Interlink[1], ‘the Australian network for global mission’[2].

For the previous review, see here.

Is it responsive to feedback?

  • I sent them a draft of this review on 2 September 2017. They…did not respond.

Is ITA registered?

  • As a charity, yes.
  • ITA is a public company, a company limited by guarantee.
    • It does not appear to have the provisions in its constitution to allow it to omit ‘Ltd/Limited’ at the end of its name.
    • ITA operates, per the ACNC Register, in New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria. It is registered to fundraise in the first two, but not Victoria. Perhaps it thinks it is exempt?

What do they do?

  • See here.
  • More specifically, this, from the AIS 2016, is what they say they did in 2016:
    • Conducted TESOL training courses in 3 states of Australia, in Montana USA, Cambodia and Thailand. Also ran TESOL workshops in Australia and Thailand.
      • Which, with Cambodia and Thailand reversed, is identical to the AIS 2015.

Do they share the Gospel?

  • No, not unless they present the Gospel as part of the training.

What impact are they having?

  • No information found.

What do they spend outside the costs directly incurred in delivering the above impact, that is, on administration?

  • The expenses in the AIS 2016 – ITA is not required to lodge accounts, and hasn’t – are not classified to allow this calculation.

Do they pay their directors?

  • There is no prohibition in the constitution, but there is no information available to check.

Can you get a tax deduction?

  • No

Is their online giving secure?

  • PayPal is used, so yes.

What choices do you have in how your donation is used?

  • None, just ‘Donations and Scholaship (sic) fund’.

Where were your (net) donations sent?

  • No information is available.

Is their reporting up-to-date?

  • Yes (three months after year end, the same as last year).

Does their reporting comply with the regulator’s requirements?

  • AIS 2016: Except for the absence of outcomes, yes.
  • Financial Report 2015: Yes – none required
    • They could have lodged this voluntarily, but they chose not to.
    • But their Associate membership of Missions Interlink requires them to “have available for [their] members and supporters a clear and appropriate financial statement which has been approved by its auditor.”
    • And their constitution requires them to submit an audited financial report to the members.

What financial situation was shown in that Report?

  • No Report, but in the AIS 2016:
    • A deficit of 28% of Income/Receipts, double last year).
    • Donations $1K, up from zero last year.
    • $34K ‘Employee expenses/payments’ for one part-time and three casuals.
      • An extra $2K and one casual over last year.
      • This was 36% of expenses – like last year.
    • Grants made: $1K – like last year.
    • $12K of liabilities were covered by assets of $45K.

What did the auditor say about the last financial statements?

  • The audit report, if there is one, is not publicly available.

If a charity, is their page on the ACNC Register complete?

  • Yes

Who are the people controlling the organisation?

  • Not mentioned on the website, but
  • From ‘Responsible Persons’ on the ACNC Register:

To whom is ITA accountable?

 

  1. If the link is still broken from this list, try www.interculturaltraining.com.au.
  2. A search of the site on ‘give’ results in this page that invites you to donate. However, the page could not be found via the menus.

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