The ACNC regulates charities under the ACNC Act by:
- registering charities
- collecting information about charities and maintaining the free ACNC Charity Register
- reducing red tape for charities by working with other agencies to reduce unnecessary or duplicative administrative requirements
- providing guidance, education and advice
- monitoring compliance and managing non-compliance
Examples of ways we regulate charities include us applying the legal meaning of 'charity' when deciding to register charities under the ACNC Act, and publishing the Annual Information Statements and financial reports provided by registered charities on the ACNC Register. We provide education, guidance and advice to help registered charities understand and comply with their obligations. If charities are not meeting their obligations, we work with them to address concerns through appropriate and proportionate action. We also share charity information with authorised government agencies through the Charity Passport, and work with other agencies to reduce unnecessary or duplicative administrative requirements imposed on the sector.
Regulatory approach statement
The ACNC has published a regulatory approach statement that explains how we will approach our role as the independent charity regulator.
An understanding of charities is at the foundation of our regulatory approach – we recognise that the purpose of charities is to benefit the public, and that charities contribute to our society in vital ways.
The ACNC Regulatory Approach Statement was originally published in April 2013. A revised Regulatory Approach Statement was published in November 2015, after consultation with the sector. The revised Regulatory Approach Statement focuses on improving clarity and addressing omissions and out of date information. The revised Statement also ensures consistency with current and best practice.
Download the ACNC regulatory approach statement