2017 Annual Information Statement – Consultation summary-Closed

Download a copy of the consultation paper and the summary below.


The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) consulted very widely across Australia in 2013 for the development of the first Annual Information Statement (AIS). For feedback on proposed changes since then we have consulted the sector.

On 4 August 2016, the ACNC published a consultation paper (see above) on proposed improvements to the AIS for 2017. 

The consultation paper set out a number of proposed changes to the information the ACNC collects through the AIS, which is published on the ACNC Charity Register. The proposed changes were designed to simplify and clarify the questions asked, and improve the process for charities. 

The consultation process closed on 6 October 2016. The ACNC is committed to publishing a review of the consultation process. An analysis of the feedback received is below, as well as the action taken by the ACNC.

Consultation process

Public consultation for the 2017 AIS was held from 4 August 2016 to 6 October 2016. The consultation process was promoted:

  • on the ACNC website
  • through the Commissioner's Column
  • on the ACNC’s social media channels.

The 2017 AIS consultation paper was also available on the ACNC website.

People were able to participate in the consultation by providing feedback through:

  • an online survey
  • a written response via email or post, or
  • face-to-face consultations.

280 participants provided feedback on the 2017 AIS consultation paper, including 85 who completed an online survey, 13 who submitted a written response (all of which are available to download here) and 182 who attended a face-to-face consultation session.

The ACNC thanks those that provided feedback.

Summary of the consultation process

The table below summarises the results from the consultation process.

Proposed change to the AIS

Will the ACNC implement this change?

1. Collect information about full-time equivalent staff (FTE)

Yes (1)

2. Update the details of responsible persons through the Annual Information Statement


3. Confirm compliance with the ACNC’s governance standards


4. Allow charities to upload their annual reports


5. Request specific operating locations of charities


6. Align the format of the ‘beneficiaries’ question with the ‘activities’ question


7. Add ‘Revenue from providing goods or services’ (sales) and ‘Revenue from investments’ (investment income) to the income statement


8. Remove the question that asks if charities are up to date with their subtype(s), governing documents and responsible persons

Yes (2)

(1) We will ask charities for their FTE number and headcount figures. The question on FTE will be optional for small charities but mandatory for medium and large charities.

(2) These questions will be optional for small charities but mandatory for medium and large charities.

Analysis of the feedback and changes

  • The graphs below display the percentages of the opinions expressed for each consultation question.
  • At each face-to-face session, a consensus for each question was recorded, rather than a tally of votes. The percentage figures displayed in the graphs represent the consensus views across the 15 sessions.

Click on each question for further analysis :

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