The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has revoked the charity status of the Mature Age Group Charity Association (ABN 75657912488).

The association operates in South Australia and has had Commonwealth tax concessions since it was established in 2009.

It had its charity status revoked by the ACNC on 5 June 2015.The charity has 60 days to apply for a review of this decision by the ACNC.

The charity regulator has revoked eleven charities following compliance action since it was established in December 2012.

Commissioner Susan Pascoe AM said the ACNC takes a proportional approach to compliance activity.

“The ACNC has a range of regulatory powers at its disposal,” Ms Pascoe said.

“This includes guidance and support, warnings, directions and enforceable undertakings. Where appropriate the ACNC will revoke an organisation’s status as a registered charity.

“The ACNC has made the decision to revoke the Mature Age Group Charity Association’s registration as a charity under sections 35-10(1)(a), 35-10(1)(c)(i) and 35-10(1)(c)(ii) of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 (ACNC Act),” Ms Pascoe said.

The ACNC is prevented by secrecy provisions in the ACNC Act from disclosing the details of any case. Under the ACNC Act, decisions to use formal powers must usually be published on the ACNC Charity Register.

The ACNC’s regulatory approach, clearly sets out how the ACNC uses its powers to regulate. Any charity which has its entitlement to registration under review and facing potential revocation is served with a notice to show cause of why they should not be revoked and given 28 days to respond. When a decision to revoke is made, charities are informed and provided with the reasons for revocation via both phone and mail. The charities then have 60 days to lodge an objection to this decision.

For more information about the ACNC’s compliance activity, visit acnc.gov.au/compliancedecisions.

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