The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has announced the revocation of the Village Green Community Foundation (ABN 84981417144).

The ACNC revoked the organisation’s charity status on 12 October 2016, and backdated the revocation date to 1 July 2013.

The organisation has 60 days from the date of revocation to object to the ACNC’s decision.

Assistant Commissioner David Locke said that while the ACNC could not provide further details, the ACNC’s approach to regulating Australia’s charity sector is to be firm, yet fair.

“Where possible, we work with charities to help them get back on track,” Mr Locke said.

“We do this by providing education, guidance and support.

“However, in some instances, the only appropriate course of action is to revoke charity status.

“Members of the public can find the full list of organisations that have had their charity status revoked following compliance investigations on our website.

“The ACNC’s Charity Register also highlights if an organisation has had its charity status revoked – the listing will be red and a large X will appear under registration details.

“We always encourage donors and the public to check the Charity Register before volunteering or donating.”

Members of the public can find information on ACNC compliance revocations at acnc.gov.au/compliancedecisions and can access the Charity Register, free of charge, at acnc.gov.au/charityregister.

“Much of the ACNC’s compliance activity is the result of information provided by members of the public,” Mr Locke said.

“On average, we receive 60 concerns each month, and around two-thirds of these concernsare raised by members of the public.

“To raise a concern about a charity, members of the public can visit acnc.gov.au/charityconcern, or call us on 13 ACNC.”