Review of the Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme

About the OAGDS

The Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme (OAGDS) enables approved Australian organisations to issue tax deductible receipts for donations made to support their overseas aid activities. Established in 1980, the OAGDS operates in recognition of the work performed by the many voluntary bodies involved in the provision of overseas aid.

The Review

DFAT is currently reviewing the OAGDS guidelines and processes.

The primary purpose of the review is to make the OAGDS guidelines and processes clearer, simpler and more robust, while reflecting current international development practice and standards.

In May-June 2015, DFAT invited written submissions on the OAGDS, and how the guidelines help in meeting the objective of allowing approved organisations to offer tax deductions for gifts to extend assistance to programs and organisations in developing countries. Roundtable discussions were also held in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Key findings and Summary of findings from the written submissions and roundtable discussions.

Next steps

The summary of findings from the submissions and roundtables will be used to inform revisions to OAGDS guidelines and processes, with the aim of launching revised guidelines in late 2015.

DFAT advises all potential OAGDS applicants to aim to complete their application by 31 October 2015 to be assessed under the current guidelines. Further transition arrangements will be posted on this website in October.

If you’d like to discuss the review or OAGDS application process, contact the OAGDS hotline on 02 6178 4688 or email

Last Updated: 18 May 2015