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Before you start a charity
Why register
Charity tax concessions
Other Commonwealth concessions and exemptions
Who can apply to be registered
Step 1: Not-for-profit?
Step 2: Charitable purpose?
Step 3: Benefit the public?
Step 4: Other rules for registration?
Legal meaning of charity
Legal structure
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Register my charity type
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The registration process and FAQ
ACNC registration application guide
Register a charity: case study
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Manage my charity
Ongoing obligations - ACNC duties
1. Keep charity status
2. Notify of changes
3. Keep records
Examples of records
Record-keeping checklist
4. Report annually
Charity size and revenue
Report annually - small charity
Report annually - medium charity
Report annually - large charity
2016 reporting
About the Annual Information Statement
ACNC and data integrity
Reporting - due dates
Related party transaction
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Review and audit of financial reports
Review and audit - practical tips
Group reporting and bulk lodgement
National Standard Chart of Accounts (NSCOA)
Financial reporting mapped to NSCOA
Withhold information from the ACNC Register
5. Meet governance standards
1. Not-for-profit and working towards purpose
2. Accountability to members
3. Compliance Australian law
4. Suitability of responsible persons
5. Duties of responsible persons
ACFID Code and the governance standards
Manage charity money
Manage charity risk
Protecting against the risk of terrorism financing
Checklist: protect against the risk of terrorism financing
Manage my charity type
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Change my charity subtype
Wind up, merge or change legal structure
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Section 1
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2015 - 2016
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2017 Annual Information Statement – Consultation summary
Consultation question 1
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Consultation question 3
Consultation question 4
Consultation question 5
Consultation question 6
Consultation question 7
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Consultation question 9
Exposure draft - Public Benevolent Institutions - Closed
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