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Sue Woodward AM has been appointed as Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) for a five-year period commencing on 12 December, 2022.

Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury the Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP announced the appointment.

Ms Woodward is a recognised legal and regulatory expert, with extensive experience in the charities and not-for-profits sector. She was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2021 for her significant service to the sector, to fundraising and to the law.

Since 2015, she has been the Chief Adviser, Not-for-profit Law at Justice Connect.

She was previously engaged on the taskforce to establish the ACNC as the inaugural Director, Policy and Education.

Acting ACNC Commissioner Deborah Jenkins welcomed the announcement. “The appointment of a new Commissioner brings certainty to the ACNC and the sector,” Ms Jenkins said.

“Everyone at the ACNC looks forward to welcoming Ms Woodward on 12 December, and to working with her throughout her five-year tenure,” she said.

Read Dr Andrew Leigh's media release about the about the announcement here.