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The ACNC welcomes the publication of the report from the ACNC Legislative Review, titled Strengthening for Purpose: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Legislative Review 2018.

The final report, produced by review panel chair Mr Patrick McClure AO and review panel members Ms Sue McCluskey, Dr Matthew Turnour and Mr Greg Hammond OAM, makes 30 recommendations to strengthen the ACNC’s legislative framework.

The recommendations centre on the ACNC’s objects, functions and powers, the overall regulatory framework, and red tape reduction for charities.

ACNC Commissioner, the Hon. Dr Gary Johns, welcomed the report and its insights into the issues raised by the charity sector in Australia.

“The report provides a balanced analysis of the potential changes that could provide additional support for our regulatory framework,” Dr Johns said.

“I note that there are many similarities between the ACNC’s submission to the review, and the final recommendations of the review panel – particularly in relation to the current secrecy provisions and changes to the ACNC regulations.

“I also welcome recommendations that will encourage further reductions in regulatory burden – including the suggestions to mandate the use of the ACNC Charity Passport, and calls for Commonwealth-led reform of fundraising regulation.

“I would like to thank the Review Panel, peak bodies, government agencies and charities for their contribution to legislative review process.”

The report has been tabled in Parliament, and is available to download from the Treasury website.