Today the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) published its third Annual Report to Parliament, with a focus on red tape reduction and public trust and confidence.

Speaking following the formal tabling of the report, ACNC Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM, summarised the year.

“In 2014-15 we made significant progress toward achieving the objects of the ACNC Act,” Ms Pascoe said.

“I am particularly proud of the $10 million in deregulation savings we were able to deliver, which has a real and positive impact on the sector.

“Despite the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the future of the ACNC during 2014-15, we continued to focus on harmonisation of reporting requirements with the state and territory regulators to reduce red tape for charities.

“In fact, continuing to explore ways that other Commonwealth and state and territory agencies can use information collected by the ACNC was a key recommendation of the Red Tape Report 2014 - another exciting piece of work the ACNC undertook in this space.

“In addition to reducing red tape for charities, we also focussed on supporting them to be sustainable and healthy through education and guidance. This is best exemplified by the series of 36 Ask ACNC sessions we held in 32 regional and metropolitan locations in 2014-15.

“In 2014-15 we completed a series of projects that will deliver the Australian public an accurate and up-to-date online register of charities – the ACNC Charity Register.

“Our work to build the Charity Register across a number of years has seen the removal or revocation of 9,000 organisations that are likely no longer operating or failed to meet their reporting obligations, and the addition of 6,399 new charities.

“The Charity Register now also houses 87,000 Annual Information Statements, 39,000 governing documents and 25,000 financial reports – a wealth of information that was previously unavailable to donors and the public.

“Use of the Charity Register as a resource also continues to grow, with searches up 43% compared to 2013-14.

Commissioner Pascoe also highlighted the priorities for 2015-16.

“Looking ahead, in 2015-16 we will continue our efforts to reduce red tape for charities and continue to build public confidence in the sector.

“We will also ensure that charities are meeting their obligations and we will focus on responding to concerns about charities and scams – the majority of which are raised by the public.

“In 2015-16, as we did in 2014-15, we will publish and analyse the data we receive from registered charities and provide this back to the sector, the public, researchers and government as the Australian Charities Report.

“I thank the ACNC’s staff, Advisory Board and the Australian not-for-profit sector for their dedication, determination and support in 2014-15. Together we can undoubtedly make even more progress in 2015-16.”

To read the full report, or the summary, visit acnc.gov.au/annualreport.

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