The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has just released a range of new translated guidance and education resources.

The publications and videos are available in 16 languages and cater to the many ACNC registered charities that are run by, or support, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

ACNC Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM said the ACNC was committed to supporting all charities and acknowledged that for many people English may not be their preferred language.

“Australia is a multicultural country with people from hundreds of different language backgrounds. This diversity is reflected in the 54 000 charities currently registered with the ACNC.

“Many charities are set up by passionate people who are strongly motivated to do good for their communities. For some, English is not their preferred language. We need to ensure that our guidance is accessible to everyone responsible for registered charities, to support them to understand and comply with ACNC obligations,” Ms Pascoe said.

Ms Pascoe said that there was content to suit charities at various stages of their interactions with the ACNC.

“There are helpful checklists for those just starting out, including one that goes through the steps you need to take to register as charity.

“There’s also a record-keeping checklist to help charities keep appropriate records and to prepare them for reporting.

“We also have top 10 tips for board members and a range of videos including one on how to manage your charity using the ACNC Charity Portal.”

Ms Pascoe said there was also information for the public.

“The ACNC Charity Register available at acnc.gov.au/findacharity is a great source of information for the public, but some people may not be aware of how it can be of use to them.

“We have a video that explains what it is and how members of the public can use it to find out about registered charities, especially if they are thinking of donating or volunteering.”

Ms Pascoe encouraged charities to share this information with their networks.

“Please share this information with anyone you think may find it useful – people that run charities or those in your community who you think may not be aware of the ACNC or the ACNC Charity Register.”

Ms Pascoe said that this work also contributed to the ACNC’s efforts to reach charities that may send funds or operate overseas.

“The ACNC has recently been holding briefings for charities that send funds overseas in Sydney and Melbourne.

“There are certain risks with sending money or operating overseas, so these briefings were very useful in providing charities with information on how to reduce those risks.

“Many charities that send funds overseas are run by people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, so we hope this information helps them understand their obligations.”

The ACNC will be holding another briefing for charities that send funds overseas in Brisbane on 18 November. Charities can register for the briefing here.

Information is available in the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Assyrian
  • Cantonese
  • Dari
  • Fari
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Punjabi
  • Sinhalese
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese

The translations are available at acnc.gov.au/languages

To communicate with the ACNC in a language other than English, you can use the free Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS). To use this service, phone TIS on 13 14 50 and ask for an interpreter to call us on 13 22 62.

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