Today the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) launched a new guide for charities: Managing conflicts of interest.

Acting ACNC Commissioner, Murray Baird, said charities in Australia have a reputation for integrity and ethical behaviour which has earned them the trust of the community.

“Managing real, potential and perceived conflicts of interest is essential for charities to protect their reputation”, Mr Baird said.

“Conflicts of interest, both perceived and real, are common and, when properly managed, do not have to represent a problem for charities.

“It is how you manage these issues that will determine what affect they have on your charity and its perception in the community.

“I am delighted to announce the release of the guide, as it provides charities with practical advice and case studies to help them manage conflicts of interest.

“This guide explains what conflicts of interest are and the steps charities can take to identify, prevent and manage conflicts when they arise.

“It explores the duties of charity board members around disclosure and answers some of the common questions charities have on this topic.”

The guide also provides charities with resources, such as a template policy and register of interests, to help them manage conflicts of interest.

‘Managing conflicts of interest - A guide for charity board members’ is available for download at


ACNC Media Contact or 0466 089 108.