Can childcare organisations register with the ACNC?

The ACNC registers organisations as charities. Childcare organisations that meet the legal meaning of charity and our requirements for registration can register as charities with the ACNC. A childcare organisation must be a not-for-profit to register with the ACNC.

When applying to register, childcare organisations may wish to select 'advancing social or public welfare' as their charitable purpose and 'childcare programs' as one of their charitable activities. These organisations may also select other recognised charitable purposes they have such as the 'advancement of education', or other charitable activities they engage in, such as activities in a defined locality or educational activities.

What obligations do registered charities have to the ACNC?

Childcare organisations or kindergartens registered with the ACNC have ongoing obligations under the ACNC Act. These include to:

  • notify us of certain changes
  • keep records
  • report to us each year
  • comply with governance standards.

Unless we or another government agency tell you otherwise, childcare organisations that have obligations to another government agency (such as notification or reporting) must continue to meet these obligations. The ACNC will be working with other government agencies to reduce unnecessary regulatory obligations over time. Find out more about this work and whether it affects your organisation by reading about charity obligations to other regulators.