20 November 2014

Factsheet published to assist charities operating overseas

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has published a factsheet advising overseas aid and development charities on matters such as how to register with the ACNC, their ongoing obligations, the risks of operating overseas and links to external resources.

Overseas aid and development organisations – those with overseas beneficiaries or activities, or who send money overseas – are able to apply to become a registered charity. There are, however, conditions that need to be met for applying for registered status. Organisations must:

Commissioner Susan Pascoe AM acknowledges the important work Australian charities do overseas and encourages those organisations to use resources published by the ACNC.

“The ACNC publishes guidance and support materials to help charities understand their obligations, particularly in relation to good governance and gaining and maintaining registration with the ACNC,” Ms Pascoe said.

“We also provide guidance and alerts on high risk activities and areas. For example, we have noted through our interactions with international charity regulators the potential for funds sent overseas to be misused.

“We will continue to work with the sector and other regulators to reduce the risk of misuse of charitable funds sent overseas.

Read the Overseas aid and development charities factsheet. Charities that require further assistance can email or call 13 ACNC (13 22 62).

Members of the public or the charity sector are encouraged to contact the ACNC to raise concerns about charities operating in Australia or overseas. For more information or to raise a concern, visit

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