ACNC media release

ACNC streamlining reporting for charities through bulk lodgement

22 October 2013

No.53

Today the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) released the 2013 Annual Information Statement bulk lodgement form.

The form, an Excel spreadsheet, allows charities to submit multiple 2013 Annual Information Statements in one go, without having to enter the same information repeatedly.

The bulk lodgement form will be particularly useful for corporate trustees administering multiple trusts, or the denomination administration offices that look after a number of religious charities.

The ACNC has worked with the sector to develop the bulk lodgement form, including Mr John De Angelis, the Chief Financial Officer at Lutheran Community Care.

Mr De Angelis said, “the consultative approach by the ACNC should be applauded”.

“The bulk lodgement workbook made the 2013 Annual Information Statement process straightforward.

“Having Excel functionality ensured consistency across spreadsheets and allowed referencing without the need to replicate.”

ACNC Commissioner, Ms Susan Pascoe AM, said that bulk lodgement had been well received by the sector.

“A number of large charity groups have already expressed a desire to report in bulk using the new form,” Ms Pascoe said.

“The bulk lodgement form is the result of consultation with the sector, and we have also prepared step-by-step guidance based on sector feedback.

“The ACNC recognises the efficiencies that can be gained by bulk lodgement and we are keen to work with charities who feel this approach is right for them.”

The bulk lodgement form and guidance are available on the ACNC website, by calling 13 ACNC (13 22 62), or by emailing advice@acnc.gov.au.

Fast facts about the 2013 Annual Information Statement

Almost 4,000 charities have submitted their 2013 Annual Information Statement.

The 2013 Annual Information Statement is due by 31 December 2013 for charities that report on a standard financial year. For charities that use a calendar year, the 2013 Annual Information Statement is due by 30 June 2014.

The ACNC estimates that around 50% of charities use a standard financial year, meaning around 50% of charities will be required to submit their 2013 Annual Information Statement by 31 December 2013.

In 2013, charities do not need to provide financial information.

The information charities provide via the 2013 Annual Information Statement will be published on the charity’s ACNC Register listing. Since 3 December 2012, the ACNC Register has received over 150,000 views.

Charities can complete their 2013 Annual Information Statement online at acnc.gov.au/2013AIS.

Charities that submit online, or use bulk lodgement, will have their 2014 Annual Information Statement pre-populated.

ACNC Media Contact:
Sean Lounder
Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
media@acnc.gov.au
03 9324 70756


 

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