Media releases

Attention - You need to know! To contact our Media Team, please call 0466 089 108 or email media@acnc.gov.au.

Previous media releases from the ACNC

2017 media releases from the ACNC

October to December 2017

Australians trust charities: new ACNC report (22/11/2017)
A new report published today by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has confirmed that public trust and confidence in charities remains strong.

Charities, are you ready to submit your 2017 Annual Information Statement? (15/11/2017)
Acting ACNC Commissioner, Murray Baird, encouraged the 30,000 charities who must submit their reports by 31 January 2018 to be prepared.

ACNC Annual Report: Hundreds of thousands search the Charity Register (30/10/2017)
ACNC Annual Report: Hundreds of thousands search the Charity Register.The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) tabled its 2016–17 Annual Report on Friday, its fifth report to Parliament since it was established in December 2012.

New ACNC toolkit to help connect MPs and charities (11/10/2017)
The national charity regulator has today launched a new online toolkit to help charities and their local Members of Parliament (MPs) connect and discuss important sector issues.

Three Australian organisations lose charity status (5/10/2017)
The ACNC has announced the revocation of three organisations following investigations into their activities and operations.

86 Australian charities lose registration for failing to report (2/10/2017)
The national charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), has revoked the registration of 86 charities for twice failing to submit their Annual Information Statements.

July to September 2017

Double defaulter’ charities risk losing charity status (4/09/2017)
Almost 200 charities are at risk of losing their registration with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) for twice failing to submit their annual statements.

ACNC and AUSTRAC Strengthening NPOs against money laundering and terrorism financing (28/08/2017)
ACNC and AUSTRAC - Strengthening NPOs against money laundering and terrorism financing .A new report released today by Australia’s financial intelligence agency, AUSTRAC, and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), identifies

New RSL SA board commits to resolving charity regulator’s concerns (23/08/2017)
New RSL SA board commits to resolving charity regulator’s concerns .Following an investigation into the operations of RSL SA, which highlighted serious governance and financial management concerns, the national regulator has entered into a Compliance

Aged care charities creating employment opportunities, ACNC report finds (25/07/2017)
Aged care charities creating employment opportunities, ACNC report finds Australia’s aged care charities employ more than 170,000 people, according to new a report released today by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

Earlier, easier and with more support: The ACNC launches the 2017 Annual Information Statement (24/07/2017)
Earlier, easier and with more support: The ACNC launches the 2017 Annual Information Statement. A new Hub, re-designed guidance material and an enhanced online form are among the key improvements to the 2017 Annual Information Statement.

View all
April to June 2017

Supporting those that support us: red tape cut for charities (29/06/2017)
From 1 July 2017, over 600 charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) will no longer be required to also report to the ACT Government.

ACNC revokes 109 double defaulter charities (29/06/2017)
ACNC revokes 109 double defaulter charities The national charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), has revoked the registration of 109 charities for failing to submit reports for two years.

ACNC Commissioner warns public: be careful when giving this EOFY (27/06/2017)
ACNC Commissioner warns public: be careful when giving this EOFY .As the end of the financial year approaches, Australia’s national charity regulator is urging members of the public to donate wisely.

Charities warned: submit your 2016 AIS now (23/06/2017)
Tens of thousands of Australian charities have less than one week remaining to submit their 2016 Annual Information Statements to the ACNC.

ACNC proudly accepts Silver Award at 2017 Australasian Reporting Awards (22/06/2017)
The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) today announced that it was a winner of a Silver Award for distinguished achievements in reporting at the 2017 Australasian Reporting Awards.

Two Queensland organisations lose charity status (19/06/2017)
The national charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), has announced the revocation of two organisations following investigations into their activities and operations.

ACNC Advisory Board Chair: Commissioner Pascoe’s term will end on 30 September (1/06/2017)
The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Advisory Board Chair, Mr Tony Stuart, has confirmed the inaugural Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM, will finish her five-year contractual term on 30 September 2017.

100 charities risk revocation for failing to report (30/05/2017)
Over 100 charities are at risk of double defaulting, for twice failing to submit their Annual Information Statements to the national charity regulator.

Australia’s biggest philanthropic donation welcomed by charity commission Chair (24/05/2017)
ACNC Advisory Board Chair, Mr Tony Stuart, has applauded Andrew and Nicola Forrest’s announcement of a $400 million donation yesterday – the largest ever in Australia.

ACNC strips Townsville charity of registration (5/05/2017)
The national charity regulator, the ACNC has revoked the charity status of the Townsville Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre Cooperative Society Limited.

Report - Australia’s small charities offer big benefits to community (4/05/2017)
Australia’s small charities offer big benefits to community.Australia’s smallest charities account for more than a third of the charity sector, according to new a report released today by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

Hundreds of charities revoked by national regulator (6/04/2017)
Five hundred and ninety charities have had their registration with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) revoked, after failing to submit their annual reports two years running.

January to March 2017

Charity regulator sets out focus for 2017 in latest report (14/03/2017)
In addition to fraud and terrorism, the ACNC will focus on financial mismanagement, harm to beneficiaries, and the political activities of Australia’s charities in 2017.

Double defaulter charities risking loss of charity status (3/03/2017)
More than 1,300 registered charities are at risk of having the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) revoke their registration, for twice failing to submit their annual reports.

Charities risk consequences for overdue annual reporting (23/02/2017)
More than 4,000 charities are risking sanctions after missing the deadline for their annual reporting to the national charity regulator.

ACNC seeks feedback on not-for-profit accounting tool (21/02/2017)
Charities and not-for-profits are invited to give their feedback on the national regulator’s free not-for-profit accounting tool - the National Standard Chart of Accounts (NSCOA).

Charity regulator revokes three Queensland charities (13/02/2017)
The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has revoked the charity registration of three organisations following investigations into their operations