The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) extends its sympathies to those affected by yesterday’s earthquake in Afghanistan and the surrounding areas.

Australians who want to donate to the disaster are encouraged to give to established humanitarian aid charities that are registered with the ACNC.

ACNC Commissioner Susan Pascoe AM said the simplest and most effective way to help is to give cash donations to established humanitarian charities.

"Cash is preferable to goods because it allows for aid to be given quickly to those who need it most and in a culturally appropriate manner,” Ms Pascoe said.

"Those seeking to donate can find registered charities on the ACNC Charity Register at acnc.gov.au/findacharity.

"By donating to established humanitarian aid charities registered with the ACNC, you can be confident your donation will support vital on-the-ground operations run by charities with expertise in disaster relief."

The ACNC recommends the public donate to charities that are also members of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the peak body for Australia's aid organisations.

ACFID's member charities can be found at acfid.asn.au. ACFID also provide a factsheet on why cash donations are preferable to goods.

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