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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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30 September 2016

Review into Camp Gallipoli

The Government has received the independent review conducted by KPMG into funding arrangements for the Camp Gallipoli Foundation following concerns raised earlier this year.

In 2014, the Commonwealth Government’s Anzac Centenary Public Fund (ACPF) provided the Camp Gallipoli Foundation with a one-off payment of $2.5 million to facilitate the running of six camp-outs on Anzac Day 2015.

The KPMG review released today found that money was spent in accordance with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) strict payment principles, which restricted the grant money to be used only for fixed costs and not salaries, travel, expenses or other non-essential overheads.

The report found that all payments were properly invoiced, and the Camp Gallipoli Foundation Board and CEO had provided statements confirming the veracity of all invoices. Additionally, verification of the financial viability of each event was sought and received before any funding was provided.

The ACPF funding was one-off and not conditional on charitable donations being made from the Foundation following the 2015 event.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the review had confirmed money provided by the ACPF had not been spent on items outside the terms of the grant.

“Camp Gallipoli was provided a one-off payment of $2.5 million to run six events in 2015 and the strict process for funding acquittal meant that money was only spent on fixed costs related to hosting the events,” Mr Tehan said.

“DVA had put in place strict payment principles to ensure public money was spent only on hosting the events and this independent review has confirmed that.

“It was beyond the scope of the DVA to investigate how non-Government money was spent, the profitability of Camp Gallipoli and whether statements about directing profits to charities were honoured.

“It is worth noting the funding provided by the ACPF was never linked to Camp Gallipoli making charitable donations and the matter of any disbursements to ex-service organisations is a matter for the Camp Gallipoli board.

“The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission is conducting its own independent review into the charitable nature of Camp Gallipoli’s activities and will report in due course.”

On 22 April 2016, DVA revoked the Camp Gallipoli Foundation’s permit to use the word Anzac.

The review report is available on the DVA website: www.dva.gov.au/review-camp-gallipoli

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
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