The Charities regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC), has revoked a compliance direction against Role Models and Leaders Australia Ltd (RMLA), according to a joint statement issued by both organisations today.

After an investigation into a range of concerns about the charity’s governance, the ACNC issued the direction in December 2018. RMLA has worked closely with the ACNC to address a range of issues identified by a forensic audit.

ACNC Commissioner the Hon Dr Gary Johns said, “The agreement outlined in the joint statement represents a compliance success story. RMLA has taken substantial steps to strengthen its governance.

“By working closely with us, RMLA leaders have been able to set the charity back on the right path. Our aim is always, if we can, to help charities achieve compliance with their charity obligations.”

The charity runs school-based engagement programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls that increase skills, employability, mental health and well-being and empower girls to achieve educational success.

RMLA acknowledged a range of governance deficiencies spanning record-keeping, policies and procedures, financial and risk management and Board oversight, which led to financial control weaknesses and external fraud.

In the joint statement, it was also noted that RMLA didn’t focus on maintaining and strengthening its governance during a period of rapid expansion.

The leadership of the organisation has been renewed, with new board directors appointed who have relevant skills and compliance experience.

“With the right structures and processes in place, we believe RMLA can continue to deliver its important Girls Academies programs, and the ACNC is here to support RMLA to achieve its charitable purposes and provide governance advice should it be required,” Dr Johns said.

Read the Joint statement between the ACNC and Role Models and Leaders Australia Ltd.

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Media contact: ACNC media team on 0466089108 or media@acnc.gov.au