ACNC sector research

The ACNC’s research function

One of the ACNC’s functions is to improve public understanding of the work of charities. We do this by making information available based on the data we collect regularly from registered charities.

Each year we publish the Australian Charities Report, which is a comprehensive record of the charity sector. We also regularly publish a research report which tracks public attitude and trust in the charity sector.

ACNC data

The ACNC collects data from charities when they register with us, update their details and file their Annual Information Statements. We may also collect data from our own research activities.

We recognise that this data is valuable to other researchers and to the sector, so subsets of it are available for reuse. Visit our entry on, the central repository for Australian Government datasets, to access our published data.

ATO data

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) also publishes data relevant to the charity sector on This includes information about:

  • claims for refundable franking credits
  • employees of tax concession charities
  • deductible gift recipients
  • private ancillary funds
  • gift deductions claimed by individuals