Close to 20,000 out of an estimated 30,000 charities with a standard 1 July to 30 June financial year reporting period have already submitted or are in the process of completing their 2013 Annual Information Statement.

A number of differing reports currently circulating about the future of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission are raising questions as to what are the current obligations of charities registered with the ACNC. Our Advice team are receiving queries about whether charities still need to report.

I therefore thought it timely to confirm with registered charities their reporting obligations and responsibilities to the ACNC.

It is important to remember that registered charities must provide the Commissioner with an Annual Information Statement as required by The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 (Cth) Chapter 3 part 3-2 Division 60.

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 (Cth) is still in effect and unless the Australian Parliament changes this Act, it remains the law. If advised otherwise you should contact the ACNC for clarification. You can phone 13 ACNC (13 22 62) or email advice@acnc.gov.au.

The deadline of 31 March 2014 is fast approaching for the submission of the 2013 Annual Information Statement especially for those charities who report using a standard 1 July to 30 June financial year. We also remind those charities operating on a calendar year that their deadline is 30 June 2014.

Consistent with the ACNC regulatory approach, charities who have missed their reporting deadlines will receive final reminders prior to any penalties (under the ACNC Act) being applied.

To support charities to meet their 2013 Annual Information Statement obligations, the ACNC:

  • Has made detailed guidance and education available on the ACNC website
  • developed the Charity Portal
  • contacted charities via letters and email explaining their obligations and timelines and,
  • will use the information from the 2013 Annual Information Statement to prepopulate the 2014 Annual Information Statement.

Reporting ensures that the ACNC Register is up-to-date, accurate and provides the public with a credible source of information on charities. The Register is a consistent feature of international charity regulation best practice and during ACNC consultation with the sector was seen as a valuable tool.

As always ACNC staff are here to help charities understand their obligations.

Regards

Murray Baird
Assistant Commissioner (General Counsel)
Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

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