About ACNC

Role of the ACNC and corporate information

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ACNC sector research

The ACNC has a function of improving public understanding of the work of charities and the not-for-profit sector generally. As part of this work, we make available the information we collect as part of regulating charities, including information reported to us annually by charities.

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ACNC legislation

Read about the legislation that establishes the ACNC and sets out transitional arrangements, and the Charities Act 2013 (Cth), which provides a statutory definition of charity.

Red tape reduction

As part of our statutory object to promote the reduction of unnecessary regulatory obligations on the Australian not-for-profit sector we are developing a reporting framework, have created a Charity Passport to facilitate the 'report once, use often' framework for charities and government agencies, and are working to harmonise reporting and other requirements between the ACNC and other regulators.

Our regulatory approach and decision-making

The ACNC has developed its approach to charity regulation, in consultation with the sector, which details how we will exercise our regulatory powers. As part of our compliance role, and in investigating concerns raised about charities, we look at risks for charities. We aim to support charities through advice and education, using regulatory powers where necessary.

Our decisions are open to review and appeal, under the ACNC Act and administrative law, and information-handling and freedom of information (FOI) requirements apply to the ACNC.

More information about the ACNC site

Discover more site information, including our glossary of terms, useful links and list of regulators. You can also read our privacy and other site policies.