2014 Annual Information Statement Public Consultation – closed

In March 2013, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) launched its public consultation on the proposed 2014 Annual Information Statement (AIS). The main purpose of the consultation was to find out what charities and the public thought about our proposed additional questions for the 2014 AIS.

Consultation process

The consultation was promoted on the ACNC’s website, through the Commissioner’s Column and social media channels over March and April 2013. Electronic Word and PDF versions of the ACNC 2014 AIS Public Consultation Paper were available on the ACNC website. The formal consultation period closed on 26 April 2013.

The ACNC acknowledged that there were a number of other public consultations affecting the sector, and the valuable time and contribution given by the sector in providing feedback. There were a number of options to provide feedback, including:

  • completing an online survey
  • emailing written feedback to consultation@acnc.gov.au
  • sending feedback via post
  • attending our face to face and teleconference consultations during April
  • attending our live Facebook consultation session.

The ACNC indicated that it would publish written submissions unless the authors asked us not to.

Evaluation of consultation process

We received a total of 160 responses including through our online survey (116 responses) and written submissions (44 responses).

The ACNC held a number of face to face consultations and teleconferences with peak bodies, government (at both Commonwealth and State/Territory level), the Council of Social Service network, as well as a live Facebook consultation session with small charities.

In our 2014 AIS consultation we focused on 7 open-ended questions relating to:

  • Related party transactions
  • Business activity
  • Reserves
  • Financial information for small charities
  • Use of optional questions on the AIS
  • ACNC assistance with financial reporting
  • General comments.

The ACNC recognises and respects the views held by the public and by those involved in charities. A diverse range of feedback was received regarding the ACNC’s proposed 2014 AIS. This ranged from concerns that the proposals may place unnecessary reporting obligations for some charities, to supportive responses which welcomed more disclosure. This was particularly strong from the online survey submissions.

Analysis of consultation

The ACNC has carefully considered each comment and taken into account the views expressed. Our response to each consultation question is set out in our analysis of the 2014 AIS Consultation.

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