ACNC regulatory approach consultation - closed

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission conducted a public consultation between December 2012 and 1 March 2013 on our preliminary regulatory approach statement, which is available to download below. This consultation has now closed and the ACNC has now published a revised regulatory approach statement, together with an analysis of the consultation.

If you want to talk to us about our regulatory approach, you can still contact us on and we will consider your feedback in our next revision of our regulatory approach statement.

What was the purpose of this consultation?

The main purpose of this consultation was to find out what charities and the public think about our regulatory approach, particularly:

  • how clearly the statement communicates our approach
  • whether it reflects an accurate understanding of charities and the appropriate approach the ACNC should adopt
  • examples of how we could use our enforcement powers
  • general suggestions for improvement.

Through this consultation, we also began a conversation with the charitable community on our role and work and promoted awareness of our general approach to regulation.

Consultation process and overview

Over 250 people have provided feedback, including through our online survey, written submission and our phone-in day on Wednesday 20 February. The ACNC also obtained feedback from the community presentations across Australia in January and February 2013, which around 2,000 people attended.

Generally, between 80 to 90% of respondents agreed with the statements in our regulatory approach. Many offered suggestions for improving the regulatory approach and for how the ACNC should go about its work.

You can download a PDF copy of the summary of the survey results below, or a PDF copy of the full survey results (including open-ended responses). These survey results exclude any results which respondents indicated they did not wish to have published, even anonymously. You can also download all of the written submissions at the bottom of this webpage.

ACNC consultation documents and survey results

Revised regulatory approach statement and analysis

The ACNC has revised its regulatory approach statement in light of all the feedback. You can download a Word or PDF copy of the regulatory approach statement below.

The ACNC has also published an analysis of the consultation, including a review of the consultation process, an analysis of the feedback and the changes made as a result of the process. You can download a Word or PDF copy of the analysis below.

Submission downloads

The ACNC received the following written responses to its regulatory approach consultation: