The team recruited to work for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) have been busy training and learning more about the not-for-profit sector in preparation for the launch of Australia's first national, independent charity regulator.
In the last few weeks, the ACNC's Advice Services and Registration teams, the teams that will be the face of the new Commission, have undergone a comprehensive training program which has seen them gain valuable insights into the not-for-profit sector.
The program has ranged from seminars with diverse sector representatives to cross-cultural training and workshops on charity law and the path to sector reform.
Ellona Selimi, Advice Services Officer, says recurring themes in the training program have been the diverse nature of the not-for-profit sector and the focus and commitment of charities to deliver their mission.
"We've had sessions with different charities, which are all doing inspiring work in the community. Each of them faces a range of issues but the one thing they have in common is their focus on delivering their charitable purpose.
"The guest speakers have helped me get a better understanding of the array of issues faced by different organisations and given me perspective on the work the ACNC will do and how we can best help these types of organisations".
Ms Selimi says the insight she gained from the ACNC training program is already proving valuable and will help her to do her work to provide advice and respond to enquiries.
"Now I can appreciate even more how important it is for us to give clear, helpful and timely advice so that charities can get on with their good work."
The ACNC Taskforce would like express thanks to those from the sector who helped to make the training program a great success, including: a small Aboriginal health service, Philanthropy Australia, Care Connect, Myriad Consulting, the National Relay Service and the Koorie Heritage Trust.
The ACNC, Australia's first national independent regulator for the not-for-profit sector, is expected to begin soon after the legislation to establish it passes through the Senate.