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Understanding the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)

Still scratching your head about what the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is and what it means? We've compiled a quick summary with links to useful articles to get you up to speed. Contact us if you know of any other useful publications worth sharing on the ACNC.


What is the ACNC?

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is the independent national regulator of charities, and has been set up to achieve the following objects:

  • maintain, protect and enhance public trust and confidence in the sector through increased accountability and transparency

  • support and sustain a robust, vibrant, independent and innovative not-for-profit sector

  • promote the reduction of unnecessary regulatory obligations on the sector.


What will it do?

To achieve these objects, the ACNC: 

  • registers organisations as charities

    • If you were registered as a charity with the ATO prior to 3rd December 2012, you will already be automatically registered with the ACNC. New charities will need to register.
    • Whilst the ACNC has taken over the role of determining an organisation's charitable status, the ATO will still determine which tax concessions charitable entities are entitled to.

Read RSM Bird Cameron’s quick guide to how it will affect you here or for further information from the ACNC click here.

  • helps charities understand and meet their obligations through information, guidance, advice and other support

Further information available here.

  • maintains a free and searchable public register so that anyone can look up information about registered charities

Visit here to search the register

  • is working with state and territory governments (as well as individual federal, state and territory government agencies) to develop a 'report-once, use-often' reporting framework for charities.

Further information available here.

To download a free comprehensive introductory guide to the ACNC produced by Third Sector; including information on registration, reporting, key dates and more, click here.

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