ACNC out and about, new privacy laws and #askACNC

The ACNC has been busy over the last couple of weeks with a number of external presentations as well as appearing at Senate Estimates.

Assistant Commissioner, Murray Baird gave a presentation at the Fundraising Institute of Australia on Thursday 27 February. Murray spoke about the ACNC being a catalyst for harmonising the maze of duplicated regulation in the sector and the ACNC Register as a key tool for charity transparency and accountability, available to all – government agencies, donors, funders and the public.

Both Assistant Commissioners have also recently given presentations to legal firms to help them support charities’ understand their obligations to the ACNC.

This coming week, the ACNC will be presenting at the first of a number of national not-for-profit conferences organised by CPA Australia.

On Wednesday 26 February, the ACNC appeared at Senate Estimates as part of the Treasury Portfolio at the Economics Committee. The ACNC was also mentioned during the Community Affairs Committee hearing on 27 February.

Questions were broad-ranging included questions on consultation, the future of the ACNC, and the work being done by the ACNC to reduce red tape for charities.

New privacy laws

New privacy laws are effective in Australia from 12 March 2014. A free webinar about the changes was held on Tuesday 11 March. If you were unable to attend the webinar, you can still watch it and download useful privacy resources from

The webinar covers applying 13 new Australian Privacy Principles, which replace the National Privacy Principles, and changes which affect the collection and use of donor information.

We have also updated the ACNC’s privacy policy in line with new laws.

Reminder to complete 2013 Annual Information Statement

Last week, Assistant Commissioner Murray Baird wrote about the fast approaching deadline (31 March 2014) for the 2013 Annual Information Statement (for charities using the standard 1 July to 30 June financial year).

Currently almost 20,000 charities have either commenced or submitted their Annual Information Statement out of an estimated 30,000 charities who need to report by this deadline.

The ACNC is also sending out email and letter reminders to those charities that are still to lodge their 2013 Annual Information Statement.

Do you have a question about the Annual Information Statement? #askACNC

We are running several social media chats about the 2013 Annual Information Statement in the coming weeks. The chats will be held for one hour on each of our main social media platforms. ACNC specialists will be available to answer your questions.

  • Facebook: 1.00-2.00pm AEDT, 13 March 2014,
  • LinkedIn group: 1.00-2.00pm AEDT, 20 March 2014
  • Twitter: 1.00-2.00 pm AEDT, 25 March 2014, (follow the hashtag #askACNC)

Feel free to send us your questions in advance, via your preferred social network.

Please note: these chats will be limited to queries about the AIS only.

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Contact us

Our phone number is 13 ACNC (13 22 62) or you can email us at

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