Protect your charity from fraud - a guide for charities
Introduction from the Commissioner
Charities enrich our society. They affect each one of us, reach into every Australian community and do extraordinary work that has effects beyond our shores.
They are set up and run by people who want to make a difference and it is this goal that inspires high levels of public trust and confidence, which underpins charitable giving and volunteering.
The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission is the national regulator of charities. We exist to maintain and protect this public trust and confidence, to support a sustainable sector and to promote the reduction of unnecessary regulatory obligations on charities.
Charities (like any organisation) can be victims of crime, just as individuals can. The public tell us that fraud and financial crime are the biggest areas of concern.
There are lessons from our experience working with charities, and the experiences of others, that we believe may help charities guard against fraud and other crime. This guide draws on those experiences and sets out practical steps that every charity can take to protect itself.
We hope you find this guide informative and helpful. If you need more help our ACNC staff are committed to helping support you and your charity in its important work.
Susan Pascoe, AM