Reviewing and appealing ACNC decisions

What can I do if I don't agree with a decision of the ACNC?

If you do not agree with a decision that the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has made, you have rights to have the decision looked at again.

Please contact us to discuss our decision. You can find out more about why we made the decision, and your options. If you still disagree with the decision after talking to us you have different ways to ask for the decision to be reviewed.

Some of the review processes are more complicated than others. You do not need a lawyer to have a decision reviewed but legal advice can help you decide whether to request a review and the best way to do it.

The steps you follow to ask for a review of an ACNC decision depend on what the decision is about.

Decisions that must be internally reviewed

The ACNC Act says that some decisions must be reviewed internally before any other review options are available. We will call these 'internally reviewable decisions under the ACNC Act'.

If the ACNC decision you disagree with is one of these decisions, you must first ask for an internal review of the decision by the ACNC before you can take any other review action.

Find our more about internally reviewable decisions under the ACNC Act.

Decisions that may be reconsidered by the ACNC

The ACNC may still agree to reconsider other decisions under the ACNC Act, even though they are not listed as internally reviewable decisions under the Act.

This will include decisions about withholding information from the ACNC Register, joint reporting or a substituted accounting period, for example. When we tell you our decision, we will let you know if you can ask us to reconsider the decision and how you can do so.

Some of our information on the internal review process may still be relevant to these decisions. You will not be able to ask the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to review one of these decisions, but you may be able to ask a court to review the decision.

More information and advice

If you would like more information, you can:

You can also seek independent legal advice about your own situation. If you do not have a lawyer, you can contact your local state or territory law association to find out what pro bono or other legal assistance is available in your area.