Following an investigation, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, the national charity regulator, has revoked the charity registration of Misty Mountain Health Retreat Ltd.
Misty Mountain Health Retreat Ltd (ABN: 61097939672) was registered as a health promotion charity by the ACNC effective 1 July 2017. Prior to that, when the ACNC began operations in 2012, it was registered under the sub-type ‘another purpose beneficial to the community’.
The investigation was completed on 23 March 2021, with the decision to revoke charity registration effective from 1 July, 2017. ACNC Commissioner, the Hon Dr Gary Johns, said revocations occur in only the most severe cases.
‘Revoking charity registration is the ACNC’s strongest compliance action. Misty Mountain Health Retreat Ltd can no longer access Commonwealth charity tax concessions.’ he said.
‘Generally, the approach we take is to provide guidance and focus on education. However when charities do not comply with their obligations, or fail to demonstrate a commitment to good governance, we take a tougher approach. We have a duty to advise the community about organisations that fail to meet their regulatory obligations.’
Charities must report to the ACNC annually, and meet the ACNC Governance Standards. They must also continue to be not-for-profit and have charitable purposes.
Although the Charity Register shows Misty Mountain Health Retreat’s registration revocation, the ACNC is prevented from publishing the investigation’s findings or the nature of the concerns raised due to provisions in the ACNC Act.
Dr Johns urged people to check if a charity is registered before the donate to it by visiting the ACNC Charity Register.
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