The ACNC's Stakeholder Engagement Framework outlines our commitment to engaging with, and being responsive to, the charities we regulate and other stakeholders.

Consulting with the sector ensures that we understand different points of view and are better equipped to make informed decisions about how we will meet our objects.

The ACNC's Sector Forum is an important part of these efforts and forms a key part of the ACNC’s stakeholder consultation mechanism.


The Sector Forum membership comprises invited representatives of the charity sector. The forum brings this membership together with ACNC representatives and invited observer members.

The Sector Forum is invited to comment on matters that will help the ACNC improve its regulation of charities and to be open and accountable about the way we operate the ACNC operates.

The ACNC will seek comment and feedback from members of the Sector Forum on:

  • emerging issues impacting the sector
  • approved forms
  • policies
  • education and guidance materials.

Participation, membership and tenure

The ACNC Sector Forum meets twice a year - once separately to the Adviser Forum and once combined with it. Additional meetings may be called or requests for comments or feedback may be sought on an as needs basis.

Sector Forum members are invited to participate for a two-year term. This term can be extended by invitation of the ACNC. Membership of the Sector Forum is capped at 30 and reflects the diversity of the sector.

Government agencies and departments can be invited to attend as observer members to the forum. Observer membership can extended to organisations that have responsibilities related to the charity sector.

Standing observer members:

  • Treasury
  • Australian Taxation Office