In anticipation of its launch date the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Interim Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM and Assistant Commissioners David Locke and Murray Baird are welcoming requests for media interviews.

"With only three weeks to go, it is a good time to share with you the work we are doing to prepare for the ACNC's inauguration," Mrs Pascoe said.

"The ACNC will be ready to launch (subject to the passage of the legislation) and provide services to the sector and the public."

The ACNC will:

  • maintain, protect and enhance public trust and confidence in the sector through increased accountability and transparency,
  • support and sustain a robust not-for-profit sector, and
  • promote the reduction of unnecessary regulatory obligations on the sector.

To achieve this, the ACNC will:

  • register organisations as charities
  • help charities understand and meet their obligations, through information, guidance, advice and other support
  • maintain a public Register, which allows anyone to look up information about registered charities
  • develop a 'report-once use-often' reporting framework for charities.

The ACNC Bill which will establish the ACNC was introduced into the House of Representatives on 23 August 2012 by the Assistant Treasurer, the Hon David Bradbury MP. The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services and the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs are currently considering the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Bill 2012 (ACNC Bill), and the related Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Consequential and Transitional) Bill 2012. Public hearings into the ACNC package of bills occurred on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 October.

The next step for the passage of the legislation will be the issuing of the committees' reports. The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services is due to report on its findings today and the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs on 12 September. It is anticipated that the Bills will be read in Parliament this week.