The ACNC is required by the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) s 11C to publish a disclosure log on its website. The disclosure log lists information which has been released in response to an FOI access request. This requirement has applied since 1 May 2012. However, since the ACNC came into existence on 3 December 2012, it could only receive FOI requests from that date.

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When will a document not be published in the disclosure log?

The disclosure log requirement does not apply to:

  • personal information about any person if publication of that information would be 'unreasonable'
  • information about the business, commercial, financial or professional affairs of any person if publication of that information would be 'unreasonable'
  • other information covered by a determination made by the Australian Information Commissioner if publication of that information would be 'unreasonable'. As at October 2013, the Australian Information Commissioner had made a determination in relation to the following information: information in a document that was an exempt document at the time that access was given by the agency to the applicant, or information in a document that the agency would have decided was an exempt document at the time that access was given to the applicant, if the request for that document had been received from a person other than the applicant.
  • any information if it is not reasonably practicable to publish the information because of the extent of modifications that would need to be made to delete the information listed in the above dot points.

The information described in the disclosure log has been released by the ACNC under the Freedom of information Act 1982 (Cth) and is available for public access.

Note that a document published on the disclosure log may be an edited version of the document originally provided to an applicant because of an exception listed above.

Access of documents published in the disclosure log

A link is provided if the information can be downloaded from this website or another website.

Information that is not available on a website may be obtained by writing to the FOI Contact Officer. A charge may be imposed to reimburse the ACNC for the cost incurred in copying or reproducing the information or sending it to you. There will be no charge for the time spent by the ACNC in processing the FOI request that led to this information being made available. You will be notified if any charge is payable and required to pay the charge before the information is provided.

Documents in the disclosure log will generally be provided in PDF format. If you are unable to read the format provided please contact the FOI Contact Officer. We will try to meet all reasonable requests for an alternative format of the document in a timely manner and at the lowest reasonable cost to you.

Information attached to, or referred to, in the ACNC’s disclosure log may be removed after 12 months, unless the information has enduring public value.

To the extent that copyright in some of this material is owned by a third party, you may need to seek their permission before you can use it. More information on copyright can be found on the ACNC’s copyright page.

ACNC disclosure log

FOI Reference NumberDate of AccessFOI requestInformation published in the disclosure logAccess decisionOther Information
2013Q2R123/12/2013Certain documents relating to a review undertaken by RTK Consultants.
The documents published here relate to the part of request that sought copies of any document recording communications between the ACNC and RTK Consultants which outline the purpose and reasons for the commencement of the review.
2013Q2R1 - Document 1 [PDF 767KB] : Email from ACNC to RTK Consultants dated 14 May 2013
2013Q2R1 - Document 2 [PDF 261KB]: Document provided by RTK Consultants to ACNC entitled ‘Australian Charities and NFP Commission (ACNC) Proposal: ACNC Directorate OD Review
  • Partial access was granted for 2 documents with deletions for irrelevant materials.
  • Access was refused for 1 document on the basis of conditional exemptions under ss 47E(c) and 47E(d) of the FOI Act
Note that 2013Q2R1 - Document 2 was produced by a third party (RTK Consultants).
2013Q2R29/12/2013List of Public Benevolent Institutions that have been registered with the ACNC since 1 January 2013.2013Q2R2 - Document 1 [PDF 4MB]: List of Public Benevolent Institutions
  • Full access to 1 document was granted
Note that information relating to Public Benevolent Institutions that have requested certain information be withheld from the ACNC Register was excluded from the terms of the request with the consent of the applicant.
2014Q1R128/07/2014Electronic copy of ACNC Charity Register database and related data tables (including any annual information statement data).The charity register database and annual information statements are now published on
  • Full access was granted
2014Q3R21/04/2015Request for access to a charity’s annual information statementThe applicant was directed to the ACNC Charity Register where the information was available.
  • Full access was granted
2014Q3R17/05/2015Request for complaint against Church of Scientology2014Q4R1 - Document 1 [PDF 77KB]: Complaint received from Senator Xenophon
  • Full access was granted
A complaint made against a charity is generally kept confidential. However, in this case, the complainant had stated publically that he had made a complaint and the details of the letter of complaint had been substantially made public.
2014Q4R25/06/2015Request for correspondence between the ACNC and certain listed entities relating to issues or concerns about charities on the Register of Environmental Organisations (REO)
  • Full access granted to 4 documents
  • Partial access granted to16 documents with redactions for protected information
  • Access refused for 6 documents on the basis that the information was protected
2014Q4R317/06/2014Request for documents relating to the Canada Revenue Agency’s response to political activities
  • Full access granted to 1 document
  • Partial access granted to 1 document with redactions for information not relevant to the request
  • Access refused for 3 documents on the basis that the information was provided in confidence to the ACNC by an authority of an international government
2014Q4R523/07/2015Request for the ‘Reasons for Decision’ document for the registration of ‘For the Love of Wildlife’
  • Partial access granted to 1 document with redactions for information not publicly available and subject to ACNC secrecy provisions
2015Q2R217/12/2015Request for the applications of the successful candidates appointed to the EL1 ACNC Legal Counsel positions
  • Partial access granted to 2 documents with personal information redacted (s 47F)
2017Q4R404/07/2017Request for policies, directives, rules, guidelines, principles, practices andPartial access granted - irrelevant information removed from Documents 1 &
procedures governing the handling of requests for assistance under s 15(3)(a) of the FOI Act2 (s 22)