One of the ACNC's objects is to 'promote the reduction of unnecessary regulatory obligations on the Australian not-for-profit sector'.
The ACNC works within the Commonwealth Government’s Regulator Performance Framework to reduce the cost of unnecessary or inefficient regulation – ‘red tape’.
Red tape reduction
The ACNC’s work on reducing red tape includes:
- sharing charity information with other government agencies to build a ‘report once, use often’ framework for charities using the ACNC 'Charity Passport'
- streamlining reporting for charities regulated by other Commonwealth bodies
- harmonising ACNC regulatory requirements with the numerous state and territory laws that cover charities
- commissioning research on red tape reduction in the not-for-profit sector to inform our work, and
- providing guidance and advice to charities to help them meet their regulatory obligations.
Red tape reduction - according to charity structure
This table outlines the progress the ACNC has made in reducing red tape for charities based on a charity's structure.
Click on any link in the table to view further information on any streamlined reporting arrangement.
|Annual Reporting Obligations|
|Can charities report once through the ACNC?||Will the ACNC financial reporting requirements satisfy the other regulator?||Has the annual reporting fee been waived?|
|NSW Incorporated Associations|
|NT Incorporated Associations||2|
1 Note that small ancillary funds are still required to have their financial statements reviewed or audited to ensure compliance with the Ancillary Fund guidelines. These financial statements do not need to be submitted to the ACNC.
2 To take part in the streamlined reporting arrangement in the NT, small charities need to provide the ACNC with the financial report that they would normally prepare for Licensing NT.
Red tape reduction - charitable fundraising
This table outlines the progress the ACNC has made in reducing red tape for charities that engage in fundraising activities that are regulated by state and territory agencies. Note that the information below does not include gaming activities (such as running raffles).
Click on any link to view further information on any streamlined reporting arrangement.
|Licensing requirements||Annual reporting obligations|
|Do charities need to apply separately for a fundraising license?||Do charities need to apply separately to renew a fundraising license?||Can charities report once through the ACNC?||Will ACNC financial reporting requirements satisfy the other regulator?|
1 Charities can choose to notify SA of their intention to fundraise through the registration application form or the Annual Information Statement.
2 Charities that are companies or incorporated associations registered in Tasmania do not need to apply separately for a fundraising license.
3 Charities need to notify Consumer Affairs Victoria that they are registered with the ACNC.
4 WA still require small charities to prepare financial statements. However, these statements do not need to be reviewed or audited. These financial statements do not need to be submitted to the ACNC.
5 Charities can access a streamlined application and renewal process with NSW Fair Trading.