Some charities in the NT are incorporated under the Associations Act 2003 (NT). These are called 'incorporated associations' and have 'Inc.' or 'Incorporated' at the end of their name.
Incorporated associations in the NT have a number of obligations to Licensing NT, including keeping appropriate financial records, following their rules and holding annual general meetings.
More information about this is available on the NT Government website.
Annual reporting obligations
Registered charities that are incorporated associations in the NT can use their ACNC Annual Information Statement to fulfil their reporting obligations to Licensing NT.
This means that by submitting the ACNC’s Annual Information Statement, an association won’t need to submit a report to Licensing NT or pay Licensing NT’s annual fee. To take part in this arrangement, a charity must include the following in the Annual Information Statement:
- incorporated association number issued by Licensing NT
- annual financial statements (if required by Licensing NT).
Ordinarily, the ACNC doesn’t require a small charity to submit a financial report as part of its Annual Information Statement.
But if a small charity wants to take advantage of this reporting arrangement with the NT, it will need to submit one as part of the Annual Information Statement.
For medium and large charities, submitting a financial report was always a requirement in the ACNC’s Annual Information Statement.
Medium and large associations must ensure financial reports they provide to the ACNC meet all the ACNC reporting requirements. To help associations adjust to these requirements, the ACNC has provided a two-year transitional reporting arrangement, covering the 2019 and 2020 reporting periods.
For more information, visit the Licensing NT website.
Associations must still notify Licensing NT of changes to the association’s name, details or rules:
When to contact ACNC or Licensing NT
|I want to:||ACNC||Licensing NT||Additional information|
|Incorporate an association||No||Yes|
|Register as a charity||Yes||No||A charity must be approved as incorporated associations before applying to the ACNC.|
|Change a charity’s rules||Yes||Yes||Before a charity notifies the ACNC of a change to its rules, Licensing NT must approve the change.|
|Change a charity’s name||Yes||Yes|
|Update a charity’s address or contact details||Yes||Yes|
|Update a charity’s Responsible Persons, including the secretary||Yes||Yes|
|Submit the Annual Information Statement and financial report||Yes||No|
|Revoke a charity registration||Yes||No||A charity must revoke its registration with the ACNC when it winds up.|
|Wind up an association||No||Yes||If an association is no longer running, it must be wound up with Licensing NT too.|
A cooperative is a type of organisation that is owned, controlled and used by its members. There are different types of cooperatives.
Cooperatives in the NT are regulated under uniform national legislation.
To find out more, visit the NT Government website or call 1300 65 44 99.
Other legal structures
Information about reporting and other obligations for charities set up with other legal structures is available on these pages: