alert icon Following the publication of the a literature review in late 2018, the ACNC published a consultation paper on proposed ways of understanding and measuring the four attributes. The consultation is now closed. Submissions in response to the review are published on this page. The ACNC thanks those who responded.

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 (Cth) (the ACNC Act) has the following objects:

  • maintain, protect and enhance public trust and confidence in the Australian not-for-profit sector

  • support and sustain a robust, vibrant, independent and innovative not-for-profit sector

  • promote the reduction of unnecessary regulatory obligations on the sector.

The meaning of the second object – to support and sustain a robust, vibrant, independent and innovative Australian not-for-profit sector – is not clearly explained in the ACNC Act or the Explanatory Memorandum.

In late 2018, the ACNC commissioned a literature review to provide insight into the phrase “robust, vibrant, independent and innovative”, and suggest a range of measurements to help assess the health of the sector, and how that health changes over time.

To read the Measures in support of the not-for-profit sector - Object 1(b) report, visit acnc.gov.au/object2.


Further consultations

Following the publication of the literature review in late 2018, the ACNC drafted a separate consultation paper on our proposed measures.

Download the public consultation (PDF, 984.93 KB)

We consulted a range of stakeholders on proposed ways of understanding and measuring the four attributes. Submissions in response to the public consultation are linked below.