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7 June 2018

Victoria signs on to reduce red tape for registered charities

From 1 July 2018, thousands of Victorian charities will benefit from new streamlined reporting arrangements.

The ACNC and Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) have worked closely over an extended period to end duplicative reporting obligations, which were costing Victorian charities both time and money.

The Victorian Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, the Hon. Marlene Kairouz MP, has now officially signed the exemption order that will reduce red tape for incorporated associations that are also charities registered with the ACNC. These charities will no longer need to:

  • lodge an annual statement with CAV, and
  • pay an annual statement lodgement fee to CAV.

Instead, these charities will continue to submit their ACNC Annual Information Statement each year, and the ACNC will share the relevant data with CAV on the charity’s behalf.

The ACNC Commissioner, the Hon Dr Gary Johns, welcomed the announcement and thanked the Victorian Government for their commitment to reducing red tape for charities.

“The reduction of red tape for registered charities is one of the three key objectives of the ACNC,” Dr Johns said.

“We are very pleased to be able to announce this red tape reduction initiative today, as it will benefit thousands of charities in Victoria who are out there doing good work in the community.

“I’d also like to acknowledge the Victorian Government’s commitment to reducing red tape for charities. While the ACNC can drive red tape reduction initiatives for charities, these can only become a reality through collaboration with our colleagues at the state and territory levels of government.

“With this announcement, Victoria joins South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT in their commitment to streamlined reporting arrangements for charities. I hope to be able to announce that more states are coming on board later this year.

“All going well, about 70 per cent of registered charities will no longer face duplicative reporting requirements.”

Some exceptions may apply. For more information about the changes, or to determine if they apply to your charity, visit acnc.gov.au/VIC or the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.

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