These questions have been designed to help the ACNC work with state and territory regulators to implement streamlined reporting, so that charities will not need to report multiple times to multiple regulators.

For your charity to participate in these streamlined reporting arrangements, you must complete all questions for the relevant state and/or territory.

Notes for registered charities in South Australia and Tasmania

In 2016, both South Australia and Tasmania made changes to their laws to cut red tape for charities operating or fundraising in these states.

Completing and submitting your 2017 AIS will see charities operating or fundraising in these states able to significantly reduce the amount of reporting they do to State Government departments.

South Australia – Incorporated Associations

Under streamlined reporting arrangements, charities registered with the ACNC which are also incorporated associations in South Australia will no longer have to submit an annual report to South Australia’s Consumer and Business Services.

This applies even if the charity would have been a prescribed association reporting in South Australia (having gross receipts, excluding member subscriptions, of over $500 000 during the financial year).

If your charity is an incorporated association in South Australia, would have been a prescribed association, and wants to be eligible for streamlined annual reporting arrangements, you need to:

  • Answer ‘yes’ to Question 18 (a) below, and include your association number at Question 18 (b), and
  • Complete your AIS before the due date.

Note: You can find your association number by searching for your charity at the Consumer and Business Services website.

If you don’t complete your AIS on time – or don’t include your association number – you won’t be included in the streamlined reporting arrangements. This will also mean your charity may have to submit a form to Consumer and Business Services.

If your charity is an incorporated association in SA but would not have been a prescribed association, you may still optionally answer question 18(a). Doing so will help the ACNC with red tape reduction work.

South Australia – Fundraising

Under streamlined reporting arrangements, charities registered with the ACNC which conduct fundraising in South Australia and have notified South Australia of this:

  • are deemed to hold a licence and no longer need to renew their licence each year
  • do not have to report to South Australia Consumer and Business Services.

If your charity wants to be eligible for streamlined fundraising reporting arrangements, you must:

  • use the ACNC’s Charity Portal to notify South Australia of your intention to fundraise, unless you have already done so, and
  • complete your AIS before the due date.

If you don’t complete your AIS on time – or you don’t notify the South Australian authorities – you won’t be included in the streamlined fundraising reporting.

This means you may have to submit a form to South Australian authorities, or be liable for a penalty from South Australia.

Tasmania

Under streamlined reporting arrangements, charities that are incorporated in Tasmania no longer need to send an annual report to Tasmanian Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading. To be eligible for this exemption, you must:

  • Answer ‘yes’ to Question 18 (a) below, and include your association number at Question 18 (b), and
  • Complete your AIS before the due date.

If you don’t complete your AIS on time, or don’t include your association number, you won’t be included in the streamlined reporting. This means you will have to submit a form to Tasmanian Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading.

Incorporated Association questions

18 (a) Is your charity an incorporated association?

Select ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

Please Note: This question refers only to charities incorporated with their state or territory, and which report to a state or territory regulator (such as the Office of Fair Trading or a consumer protection body). If your charity is incorporated in a state or territory of Australia, answer ‘yes’. Otherwise, select ‘no’.

18 (b) Select the state/territory and enter your incorporated association number.

If your charity is incorporated, select the state or territory where your charity is incorporated, and then enter the Incorporated Association Number.

State and territory-specific questions

Selected charities in some states and territories will be asked specific questions after they enter their Incorporated Association Number into the 2017 AIS Form. Guidance for these questions is outlined below:

Australian Capital Territory

1) What was the date of your charity's annual general meeting (AGM)?

Enter the date of the AGM (DD/MM/YYYY).

Your charity is required to hold an annual general meeting (AGM). Enter the date that the AGM took place. More information is available at acnc.gov.au/AGM.

2) Has your charity met the minimum membership requirements?

Select ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

Under section 14 of the Associations Incorporation Act 1991 (ACT), your charity must have at least 5 members.

Northern Territory

1) What was the date of your charity's annual general meeting (AGM)?

Enter the date of the AGM (DD/MM/YYYY).

Your charity is required to hold an annual general meeting (AGM). Enter the date that the AGM took place. More information is available at acnc.gov.au/AGM.

Victoria

1) What was the date of your charity's annual general meeting (AGM)?

Enter the date of the AGM (DD/MM/YYYY).

Your charity is required to hold an annual general meeting (AGM). Enter the date that the AGM took place. More information is available at acnc.gov.au/AGM.

Western Australia

1) What was the date of your charity's annual general meeting (AGM)?

Enter the date of the AGM (DD/MM/YYYY).

Your charity is required to hold an annual general meeting (AGM). Enter the date that the AGM took place. More information is available at acnc.gov.au/AGM.

2) Does your charity currently have at least six voting members?

Select ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

Under sections 4 and 17 of the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (WA), an association must always have at least 6 members with full voting rights. Additional information is available through Consumer Protection (Department of Commerce).

Fundraising questions

19 (a) Does your charity intend to fundraise in the 2018 reporting period?

Select ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

19 (b) Select the state/territory where your charity intends to fundraise in the 2018 reporting period.

If your charity is going to fundraising during the 2018 reporting period, select the state/s or territory/ies where your charity will do so.

If you hold a fundraising licence, enter it next to the relevant state/s or territory/ies.

Providing this information will help the ACNC streamline reporting and reduce red tape for charities.