How to use information on the Register
Use the information you find on the ACNC Charity Register carefully, especially when comparing charities, as there are many factors to take into account. It helps to understand how you can interpret this information. For example, there are many ways charities can report on costs. Find out more about understanding financial information on the Register.
How we use charity data
As well as the Charity Register being a regulatory tool, we also analyse the information on the Charity Register and conduct research to learn more about the charitable sector and how charities contribute to the community. We publish our findings and any research we may ask others to do for us. Each year we use this information to publish an in-depth analysis of the financial situation of Australia’s charity sector, called the Australian Charities Report. Read the Australian Charities Report and explore the data.
How to find information about Australia's registered charitable companies
Always check the Charity Register for the most accurate and up-to-date information about Australia’s registered charities. This includes charities that are registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) as companies.
Find out more about why you should check the Charity Register rather than the ASIC register here: ACNC Charity register information
Information that we may choose not to publish
In some circumstances we may withhold some of a charity's information from the Charity Register. The ACNC Act has clear rules about what we can and cannot publish. Find out more about information withheld from the Register.
Information you can find on the Register
||a charity’s formal name from their legal or other official documents
||other names (such as trading name) that a charity is publicly known as
|Charity Australian Business Number
|follow this link for information about a charity listed on ABN Lookup, including any tax concessions it receives and whether it has deductible gift recipient (DGR) status. The ACNC uses a charity’s ABN as an identifying detail, there is not a separate ACNC charity number
|Other charity details
||ways that you can contact a charity, including its email, ‘address for service’ (the address we use to send correspondence, including legal documents), street address, phone number and website (if relevant)
||date that a charity started operating
|Who the charity benefits
||beneficiaries – the category or categories of people, organisations or causes that a charity helps
|Size of charity –
small, medium or large
|This is based on its annual revenue, and affects what obligations it has to the ACNC, for example, what financial information it must report
|Financial year end
||the last date of a charity’s annual reporting period with the ACNC, for example 30/06
|Operating states and countries
||the Australian states and territories and countries a charity currently operates from or in
||confirms an organisation is a charity - it meets the legal meaning of charity and ACNC requirements
||a charity’s category (‘subtype’) of registration, based on its charitable purpose, for example, to advance education, advance religion.
||whether a charity’s registration is active, whether the ACNC has cancelled (revoked) its registration or if a charity has voluntarily requested cancellation of its registration
|Basic religious entity
||if yes, then the charity fits the definition of ‘basic religious charity’ and is exempt from some obligations under our Act - not all religious charities are basic religious charities
||date that a charity was registered with the ACNC
|Start date – end date
||the time period for which a charity has been registered as a particular sub-type (some subtypes changed with the introduction of the Charities Act 2013 in January 2014)
||names and positions of all people who are responsible for directing a charity, all the members of the governing body (such as board or committee members, or trustees)
|Annual Information Statement
||a link to the ACNC form a charity must complete and submit each year, including information on a charity’s activities for that past year. If a charity has not submitted the statement by its due date, there will be a note to say the form is 'overdue by xx months'
|Annual/ financial reports
||a charity may also provide its annual report for the reporting period. From the 2014 reporting period onwards medium and large charities must also submit audited or reviewed financial reports when submitting their annual information statements. Small charities may choose to submit these
||formal documents that include a charity’s purpose, activities and processes. Examples include a charity’s constitution, rules or trust deed
||if a charity has not submitted a report or statement on time or if the ACNC has taken any enforcement actions against it (such as warnings, directions, undertakings, injunctions or the suspension or removal of responsible persons), this will appear under enforcement outcomes. This information would only be published after a charity has had a reasonable time to respond to any such action.