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 legal structure

This table outlines the progress the ACNC has made in reducing red tape for charities based on legal structure.

Report onceCommon
audit
thresholds
Updating
addresses
once
Waived fee

ASIC Companies

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ORIC Indigenous Corporations

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N/A

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N/A

Ancillary Funds

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N/A

TAS Incorporated Associations

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Cross icon

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SA Incorporated Associations

Tick icon Tick icon Cross icon Tick icon

ACT Incorporated Associations

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VIC Incorporated Associations

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NSW Incorporated Associations Tick icon Cross icon Cross icon Tick icon

WA Incorporated Associations

Cross icon Tick icon Cross icon Cross icon
NT Incorporated AssociationsIn
progress

In
progress

Cross icon In
progress

QLD Incorporated Associations

Cross icon Cross icon Cross icon Cross icon

Red tape reduction - fundraising requirements

This table outlines the progress the ACNC has made in reducing red tape for charities that report to state or territory agencies for fundraising.

Report
once
Common
audit
thresholds
Exempt
from
license

South Australia

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Australian Capital Territory

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Tasmania

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Tick icon Cross icon
Western AustraliaIn progressIn progress Cross icon

Victoria

Cross icon Cross icon Cross icon

New South Wales

In progressIn progress Cross icon
Queensland Cross icon Cross icon Cross icon

Northern Territory

N/A

N/A

N/A

*Charities must notify of their intention to fundraise in SA, but do not need to apply for a license.