Keep charity status

To remain eligible to be registered, charities must continue to be not-for-profit and pursue their charitable purpose or purposes.

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Notify ACNC of changes

Charities must notify the ACNC if any of the following details change:

  • legal name
  • Address For Service (where legal documents can be sent)
  • Responsible Persons (people who are members of your charity's governing body including directors or committee members, or its trustees) – you need to let us know if someone takes on or finishes the role of a Responsible Person, and
  • governing document (such as its constitution, rules or trust deed).

You must also let us know if you think your charity is not meeting its ongoing obligations to the ACNC in a significant way, and as a result, your organisation is no longer entitled to be registered.

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Keep records

Charities must keep financial records that correctly record and explain their transactions and financial position. These records must also allow the charity to prepare true and fair financial statements.

They must also keep operational records which explain their activities. Charities operating overseas have specific record-keeping requirements for their overseas activities and the resources sent overseas.

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Report information annually

All charities (except charities that are corporations registered with the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations) must submit an Annual Information Statement every year. The Annual Information Statement is due within six months of the end of a charity's reporting period and is submitted online in the ACNC Charity Portal.

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Comply with ACNC Governance Standards

All charities (except a specific group of charities called 'Basic Religious Charities') must comply with the Governance Standards. These standards set out a minimum standard of governance, to help promote public trust and confidence in charities.

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Comply with ACNC External Conduct Standards

Charities that operate overseas must comply with the External Conduct Standards. These standards require charities to take reasonable steps to ensure appropriate standards of behaviour, governance, oversight and recordkeeping when undertaking activities or providing resources overseas.

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alert icon Unless we tell you otherwise, these ACNC obligations are in addition to any other obligations your charity has under other laws or to other Commonwealth, state and territory regulators. For example, if your charity is an incorporated association you will still have to report to your state or territory regulator for incorporated associations. The ACNC is working with other government departments and agencies to reduce regulatory burden for charities. Read more about the ACNC’s work in red tape reduction.

Go to the ASIC and other regulators section