As the end of the financial year approaches, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is encouraging all registered charities to ensure they have submitted their Annual Information Statement.

Charities are required to complete an Annual Information Statement each year to maintain their registration with the ACNC, which needs to be submitted six months after the end of a charity’s financial year.

The majority of Australia’s registered charities report on a standard financial year (1 July to 30 June), and were required to complete their 2017 Annual Information Statement by 31 January 2018.

Around 16,000 charities operate on a calendar year from 1 January to 31 December, and these charities must complete their 2017 Annual Information Statement by 30 June 2018.

If your charity has not yet submitted its 2017 Annual Information Statement, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible.

Charities that fail to report risk financial penalties and ultimately loss of charity status.

We are aware of recent issues with the speed and reliability of our website and ACNC Charity Portal. Our IT team have been working hard to implement fixes to ensure the ongoing stability of the website and the Charity Portal over the coming months, as we prepare to transition to a new fit-for-purpose IT infrastructure later in 2018. More information about the project is available in the June 2018 edition of ACNC Quarterly.

Further information about the 2017 Annual Information Statement, including the free step-by-step guide, how-to videos and more, are available on the ACNC website at acnc.gov.au/2017AIS.

Ready to submit your 2017 Annual Information Statement? Log in to the ACNC Charity Portal now at charity.acnc.gov.au.