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Australian Aid

Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme

Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme (OAGDS)

The OAGDS enables Australian organisations to issue tax deductible receipts for donations to their overseas aid activities. These activities must be to support aid activities in countries that are declared as 'developing' by the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Members of the Australian community can then claim their donation as a tax deduction.


Submissions are now closed.

From 1 January 2024, OAGDS Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) register is administered by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). 

The ATO will assess organisations eligibility when applying for DGR developing country relief funds (previously known as overseas aid funds).


Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Registers Reform

On 28 June 2023, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Refining and Improving our Tax System) Act 2023 became law. The amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 transfer administrative responsibility of four unique DGR categories from other government departments to the ATO. 

This includes the OAGDS DGR register.

The changes took effect from 1 January 2024.

The legislation contains transitional provisions to ensure organisations currently endorsed as DGRs under OAGDS continue to be endorsed if they continue to meet eligibility criteria.

More information about the latest tax law and policy reforms is on the ATO website.

Before the transition

Until 1 January 2024, the OAGDS was administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

After the transition

From 1 January 2024, the ATO will assess charities’ eligibility for developing country relief funds or organisations.

Further assistance

From 2 January 2024, please direct all questions to the ATO on 1300 130 248 Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.








There are no rounds available for Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme at the moment.