Commissioner’s response to Senate Committee repeal bill report
17 June 2014
Australia’s national charity regulator will continue to regulate the sector and perform its legislative functions until future arrangements are known, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commissioner Susan Pascoe AM confirmed today.
A majority Senate Committee report tabled on 16 June recommended the Bill to abolish the ACNC be passed by the Senate. The two dissenting minority reports called for the continuation of Australia’s national charity regulator.
“There is no doubt the Repeal Bill and the Senate inquiry has caused confusion and uncertainty for parts of Australia’s charity sector over the past few months. What is certain, however, is that the ACNC remains Australia’s charity regulatory body until the Parliament votes otherwise,” Ms Pascoe said. She reminded charities that they were still obliged to meet the immediate reporting requirement to submit their Annual Information Statement, due by 30 June.
“We will continue to build Australia’s first credible, free public national charity register; and we will continue to ensure public trust and confidence in the sector is maintained while the ACNC Act is in force.
“Our approach has always been to ask ‘what constitutes good charity regulation’ and we are confident the public national Charity Register, the report once, use often Charity Passport, the Charity Portal, as well as the ACNC’s advice and education services have created a solid foundation for charity regulation in the future.”
The ACNC (Repeal) (No1) Bill 2014 was referred to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee after it was introduced in the House of Representatives in March. One hundred and fifty five submissions were received by the committee, with more than 80 per cent opposing the proposed legislation to abolish the ACNC.
Ms Pascoe said the 30 June deadline for filing the 2013 Annual Information Statement was fast approaching, and encouraged charities who have not submitted their statement to do so now, rather than waiting until the last minute.
It is a legal requirement that all registered charities submit an annual statement, and consistent with the ACNC regulatory approach, charities which have missed their reporting deadlines will receive final reminders prior to any penalties (under the ACNC Act) being applied.
Charities can submit the 2013 Annual Information Statement and read the related guidance and frequently asked questions at acnc.gov.au/2013AIS. For additional advice you can call the ACNC on 13 22 62 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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