About the ACNC Register
The ACNC Register contains information about the more than 60 000 charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Other not-for-profits will not appear on the Register.
The charities listed on the Register have met the ACNC’s legal meaning of being a charity and other requirements under our Act, and have ongoing obligations to the ACNC, including keeping their information on the Register up-to-date.
Only currently registered charities can legitimately claim that they are registered with the ACNC. They are able to use the following wording on public documents (such as letterhead, emails and a website) but not the ACNC logo:
- [insert charity name] is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ABN [insert 11 digit ABN].
Who can use the Register
If you are responsible for a charity, you can check its details on the Register. Update these details by logging into the Charity Portal.
If you are looking for information about a charity, for example, if you want to donate or volunteer, you can search the Register to find a charity or to find out more about one you are interested in.
How to search the Register
- do a quick search using a charity name or ABN
- do a more advanced search to find charities based on, for example, where they are located or operate, who they help, what charitable purpose (‘charity subtype’) they have (such as advancing education)
- search for the names and roles of the responsible people for a charity, such as its board or committee members or trustees.
You can also find and use information about a large number of charities (for example, for research), by downloading most of the data on the Register as one dataset.
Information on the Register
By law, the ACNC can only publish certain types of charity information on the ACNC Register.
Some information cannot be published, and in other cases charities can ask to have certain information withheld from the Register. If the ACNC agrees to withhold the information, it is not published.
The ACNC must also publish information when it uses its enforcement powers or revokes charity registration, as well as a list of any responsible person we may disqualify from that role. We may also publish statements on the Register if a charity does not meet certain reporting obligations. We publish this information on the charity's page on the Register. See our list of ACNC compliance decisions and read more about how the ACNC regulates charities.