Factsheet: Arts associations

Attention - Important information!Organisations that were recognised (endorsed) as charities by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to receive charity tax concessions before 3 December 2012 have been automatically registered with the ACNC. Check the ACNC Register to see if your arts association is registered with the ACNC.

Can arts associations register with the ACNC?

The ACNC registers organisations as charities. Arts associations that meet the legal meaning of charity and our requirements for registration can register as charities with the ACNC.

When applying to register, arts associations may wish to select 'advancing culture' as their charitable purpose and ‘cultural activities’ as one of their charitable activities. They may also select other recognised charitable purposes they have or other charitable activities they engage in, such as aged services, social and welfare activities or scholarly research.

Arts associations may also select other recognised charitable purposes they have, or other charitable activities they engage in, such as cultural activities, social and community welfare activities or scholarly research.

What obligations do registered charities have to the ACNC?

Arts associations registered with the ACNC have ongoing obligations under the ACNC Act. These include to:

  • notify us of certain changes
  • keep records
  • report to us each year
  • comply with governance standards and external conduct standards, where applicable.

Unless we or another government agency tell you otherwise, arts associations that have obligations to another government agency (such as notification or reporting) must continue to meet these obligations. The ACNC will be working with other government agencies to reduce unnecessary regulatory obligations over time. Find out more about this work and whether it affects your organisation by reading about charity obligations to other regulators.

Contact the ACNC

Phone: 13 ACNC (13 22 62)
Email: advice@acnc.gov.au
Mail: Advice Services, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, GPO Box 5108, Melbourne VIC 3001
Fax: 1300 232 569


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