The ACNC’s research function

One of the ACNC’s functions is to improve public understanding of the work of charities. We do this by making information available based on the data we collect regularly from registered charities.

Each year we publish the Australian Charities Report, which is a comprehensive record of the charity sector. We also regularly publish a research report which tracks public attitude and trust in the charity sector.

Read the latest report on Public trust and confidence in Australian charities.

The Australian Charities Report

alert icon Due to work on our information technology upgrade, the website with the full suite of Australian Charities Report information and interactive data is temporarily unavailable.

Links to previous years' Australian Charities Reports are available, and you can still explore the ACNC's full datasets on the website (the central repository for Australian Government datasets).

ACNC data

The ACNC collects data from charities when they register with us, update their details and file their Annual Information Statements. We may also collect data in the course of our own research activities. We recognise that this data is valuable to other researchers and to the sector, so are making subsets of it available for reuse. Visit our entry on to access our published data.

ATO data

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) also publishes data relevant to the charity sector on This includes information about:

  • claims for refundable franking credits
  • employees of tax concession charities
  • deductible gift recipients
  • private ancillary funds
  • gift deductions claimed by individuals