ACNC Reports

View reports the ACNC has released. More reports will be added as they are made available.


Australia’s Smallest Charities (May 2017)
This report looks at the data and contribution of the Australia’s smallest charities – the charities with reported income of less than $50,000 in 2015.

Australia’s Smallest Charities is a sub-report of Australian Charities Report, the annual analysis of the data reported by charities of all sizes in their Annual Information Statement.

Charity Compliance Report 2015 and­ 2016 (March 2017)
This report examines the ACNC’s compliance and enforcement activities between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2016. This report uses aggregated data and de-identified information to give readers an insight into the compliance work of the ACNC.

Data in the 2015 Annual Information Statement (March 2017)
This report explains the common errors found in charities’ 2015 Annual Information Statements, how the ACNC identified the errors, and what the ACNC has done to prevent these errors from occurring in the future.


The Australian Charities Report 2015 (December 2016)
This report is the most comprehensive record to date of the Australian charity sector - and builds on Australian Charities Reports in previous years.

Produced by the Centre for Social Impact in partnership with the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, the report analyses data submitted through the 2015 Annual Information Statement from over 51,000 charities registered with the ACNC.

Cutting Red Tape Report (February 2016)
The ACNC partnered with Deloitte Access Economics to produce a new report, Cutting Red Tape: Options to align state, territory and Commonwealth charity regulation. The report discusses a range of options to align the regulatory obligations of the ACNC and states and territories.


The Australian Charities Report 2014 (December 2015)
The Australian Charities Report 2014 reveals previously unknown facts about the finances and sustainability of Australia’s charity sector. The report analyses data submitted through the 2014 Annual Information Statement from almost 38 000 charities registered with the ACNC.

Australian charities involved overseas (July 2015)
This report examines Australian charities that are involved in activities outside Australia and is based on the data provided by 38,341 charities that submitted a 2013 Annual Information Statement (AIS) by 30 June 2014.

Lessons on reporting to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (July 2015)
This detailed report is aimed to explain some of the material issues/errors identified and the results of this compliance activity in relation to the 2014 financial reporting period.

Public trust and confidence in Australian charities (June 2015)
This study examined public trust and confidence in Australian charities in 2015. The research consisted of in-depth interviews, focus groups and an online survey of a nationally representative sample of 1 761 Australian adults.

Charity compliance report - December 2012 – December 2014 and beyond (May 2015)
This report provides a thorough analysis of compliance activity that has taken place since we were established in December 2012 until December 2014. It also highlights the key areas of concern and our compliance focus for the year ahead.

Australia’s Faith-­based Charities report (May 2015)
This report is based on the information provided by faith-based charities that submitted a 2013 Annual Information Statement (AIS) to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.


Competition Policy Review Submission (December 2014)
The ACNC has provided a submission to the Competition Policy Review on the Draft Report. The ACNC submission focuses on the implications of the Draft Report for charities and the broader not-for-profit (NFP) sector.

Ernst & Young’s Commonwealth Regulatory and Reporting Burdens research report: EY Red Tape Report (October 2014)
This report provides the ACNC an independent insight into the source and scale of government requirements on charities, and to identify which of these requirements constitute red tape.

Curtin University Not-for-profit Initiative: Charities 2013 Report (September 2014)
This research analysed data from more than 38 000 registered charities, which submitted through their Annual Information Statements (up until 30 June 2014) in their first year of reporting to the ACNC.

ACNC Supplementary Submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee inquiry (June 2014)
The ACNC answers questions on notice from the Senate Committee and corrects some key factual errors in the statements made at the hearings and in some of the submissions.

ACNC Submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee Inquiry into the ACNC Repeal Bill (No 1) (May 2014)
The ACNC has provided a submission to the Senate inquiry into the ACNC Repeal Bill (No 1). All submissions to the inquiry can be found on the Australian Parliament website.

International Charity Regulators' Meeting (April 2014)
On 8–9 April 2014, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) hosted the seventh International Charity Regulators meeting in Melbourne. Delegates from seven common law jurisdictions attended: Australia, Canada, England & Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and Singapore. The tax revenue agencies from Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand also attended.

2013 Annual Information Statement - February data (February 2014)
An analysis of data from charities that have already submitted their 2013 Annual Information Statements to the ACNC. Data shows that children are the most nominated beneficiaries of charities, followed by the general community, youth, women and aged persons.

Red tape reduction forum report (February 2014)|
The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) held the forum Measuring and Reducing Red Tape in the Not-for-profit Sector on Wednesday 4 December 2013 at the Australian National University. This report is a summary of the forum and the red tape reduction recommendations arising from it.

ACNC compliance: An overview of the first year of compliance activity (January 2014)
Since the ACNC was established on 3 December 2012, we have been actively working to protect public trust and confidence in charities. In line with our regulatory approach, we respond to concerns raised about charities and undertake intelligence gathering and investigations, when appropriate. This report gives an overview of our compliance activity to between 3 December 2012 to 31 December 2013, trends in the types of concerns raised, and case studies that demonstrate examples of inappropriate behaviour and how we respond to it.


Snapshot: One year on (December 2013)
The ACNC has registered 1643 charities in its first year of operations. These charities operate around the country and overseas, helping diverse groups in our community. By analysing the information charities supply when they register, we can learn more about the vital role that charities play in our society.

Snapshot: How our sector is growing (September 2013)
Since its establishment, the ACNC has registered 1000 charities. The ACNC has analysed the data supplied at the time of registration to gain insight into how the charitable sector in Australia is growing and changing.

ACNC six month progress report (July 2013)
The ACNC began operating on 3 December 2012. Read this report for a snapshot of our progress and activities in our first six months of operation.

Public trust and confidence in Australian charities (July 2013)
The ACNC has commissioned research to track the level and nature of public trust and confidence in Australian charities every year. The first report was undertaken on our behalf by ChantLink in April and May 2013. As well as identifying the level of trust in charities, the research looks into public knowledge of charities and community expectations of a charity regulator. The research will be a useful resource for the ACNC to understand the extent it is achieving its statutory object of promoting public trust and confidence in the sector.

A snapshot: the ACNC's first 250 registered charities (May 2013)
The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission has conducted an analysis of the first 250 charities registered since it was established late last year. Acknowledging that this is a relatively small sample given Australia’s huge not-for-profit sector, the ACNC has taken the opportunity to provide a snapshot of what kind of new charities are registering, where they operate and who they benefit.

Not-for-profit reform and the Australian Government (Updated September 2013)
The ACNC has prepared this guide to give an overview of the Australian Government’s not-for-profit reform agenda and the regulatory environment in which charities operate since the establishment of the ACNC. The guide includes a ‘who’s who’ of some of the principal Australian Government agencies responsible for not-for-profit reform and a summary of the different parts of the agenda and their current status.

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission - Implementation Report Update (January 2013)
This report provides an update on action to establish Australia’s first national, independent regulator for charities. It also features information on ongoing priorities such as the development of the ACNC’s regulatory approach, the streamlining of charity reporting and further efforts to engage with our stakeholders.


Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Taskforce - Implementation Report (June 2012)
This Implementation Report follows internal ACNC Taskforce research and an analysis of views expressed in consultations and written submissions. It derives from existing Government announcements and exposure drafts of the legislation to establish the ACNC. Once the legislation is passed the Taskforce will issue a further ACNC Implementation Plan Update.