SHCH was originally formed as an incorporated association registered in New South Wales under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009. Recently, SHCH transferred its registration and is now a public company limited by guarantee (ACN 618 959 596). SHCH holds a charitable fundraising authority under Section 13A of the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 (CFN/21615).
As a company limited by guarantee, SHCH is governed by a Constitution adopted on 29 March 2017 and amended on 26 September 2019.
The Constitution sets out the following objectives for the company:
The company is established to pursue charitable purposes only with the objects of providing benevolent relief by:
(a) establishing and delivering in-patient hospice services that will provide:
- specialist palliative care;
- palliative symptom management and end-of-life care to those people who have life-limiting illness;
- holistic best practice palliative care to patients and their loved ones in a supportive environment;
(b) providing holistic best practice palliative care to patients and their loved ones through the provision of services including, but not limited to:
- respite care;
- transport assistance;
- financial assistance with pharmaceutical costs; and
- bereavement support.
(c) subsidising patients who are unable to pay for the above services;
(d) conducting and operating not-for-profit enterprises and activities in order to raise funds for the company which will be used solely to promote these purposes;
(e) applying the income and property of the company solely to promote these purposes.