Another 182 charities from across Australia have had their charity status revoked by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).
ACNC Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM, said the revocation was part of an ongoing process to ensure only active and compliant charities maintained registration.
“We conduct regular reviews of the charities registered with the ACNC to ensure only those that meet their obligations maintain their registration status and are able to access Commonwealth charity tax concessions,” Ms Pascoe said.
“This group of charities have failed to complete their 2013 and 2014 Annual Information Statements, despite multiple reminders.”
Ms Pascoe said that it is important to note that this group represented only a very small minority of charities.
"The vast majority of registered charities are accountable and transparent and meet their obligations," Ms Pascoe said.
“We’ve now received, in total, 100 000 Annual Information Statements since 2013.
"Submitting an Annual Information Statement every year is essential to the ACNC being able to provide accurate information to donors, volunteers and grant-makers, and back to the sector.
“The ACNC recently released the Australian Charities Report 2014 – a landmark report that is a first-of-its-kind. Produced in collaboration with the Centre for Social Impact and the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW Australia, the report is the first in-depth analysis of the financial situation of Australia’s charity sector.
“Without Annual Information Statement submissions, this report would not have been possible, and we would not know how significant the charity sector really is to Australia.
“The charity sector has a combined income of over $103 billion and employs 9.7% of the Australian workforce. It is an economically significant and diverse sector that plays a vital role in supporting our communities and in the Australian economy.”
Ms Pascoe added that submitting an Annual Information Statement also ensured the Charity Register at acnc.gov.au/findacharity was up to date and accurate.
“When charities submit their Annual Information Statement, the information is published on the Charity Register.
“This helps increase transparency in the charity sector and ensures the public, donor and grant-makers can make informed decisions.”
The ACNC Charity Register is available at acnc.gov.au/findacharity
The Australian Charities Report 2014 is available at australiancharities.acnc.gov.au
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