I hope you had a lovely and relaxing Easter break with your friends and family.

Greetings from Perth

I am writing to you from sunny Perth where I am meeting with a number of not-for-profit sector stakeholders this week. I also had the opportunity to attend the WACOSS Emerging Issues 2016 Forum last Friday, which featured speakers from the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, WACOSS, UnitingCare West, and Health Consumers’ Council Inc.

The forum highlighted a range of issues affecting the sector, including workforce, poverty, disadvantage suffered by women, the digital age, and even the iron ore price.

The forum was an excellent opportunity to learn about the key issues facing the charitable sector in Western Australia directly from those that are working to improve our communities.

2015 Annual Information Statement

Of the registered charities that were required submit their 2015 Annual Information Statement by now, 94% have met their obligation. As I have said previously, the vast majority of registered charities submit their Annual Information Statements on time, showing a commitment to transparency and accountability. I encourage the remaining 6% to now submit their outstanding statements.

The ACNC does not want to be in a position where it has to issue Notices, publish lists of defaulters and revoke charities for failure to report. We would much prefer charities to file and file early. If any charities are struggling with reporting they should contact us on 13ACNC and we can assist.

The information registered charities provide via the Annual Information Statement is crucial to the integrity of the Charity Register and is also used to create the annual Australian Charities Report, which analyses the income, expenses and activities of the entire charitable sector. In addition to the main report, we have also published a special report focusing on charities that provide disability services to the community.

We’ll soon be releasing two more special reports, with a focus on charities that operate overseas and red tape reduction.

You can find the full 2014 Australian Charities Report, special reports and the user-friendly data cube at australiancharities.acnc.gov.au.

Volunteering Australia Conference

Assistant Commissioner David Locke presented at the Volunteering Australia Conference today in Canberra. David spoke about the role of the ACNC, our program of data analysis and research, and our work to reduce red tape for charities.

We always appreciate the opportunity to speak directly to the sector and I pass on David's thanks to those that attended.

If you're attending the conference tomorrow, keep an eye out for the ACNC's booth. Our friendly staff, Keira and April, will be on hand to answer your questions and you'll also find a range of free resources to help your charity meet its obligations. Make sure you stop by and say hello.

International fundraising forum

On 11 May 2016 the ACNC will host an International Fundraising Forum in Melbourne. The forum will discuss the current state and future of fundraising in Australia and abroad, and will feature speakers Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes (Queensland University of Technology), Dr Oonagh Breen (University College Dublin), Paul Ronalds (CEO of Save The Children Australia) and Simon Cohen (Consumer Affairs Victoria).

The forum will be relevant for registered charities that fundraise, particularly those that contract third party service providers.

Places are limited, so if you're in Melbourne and are interested in attending, I encourage you to register quickly.

You can register at internationalfundraisingforum.eventbrite.com.au.

Meeting charities in the Northern Territory

I will also be in Darwin later this month to meet with charities and peak bodies working in the Northern Territory. If your charity is based in the Northern Territory, and you’d like to discuss issues facing the charity sector, I encourage you to attend. There are two sessions planned.

NT Charity Forum

Monday 18 April - 4pm to 6.30pm

The forum will be co-hosted by the NT Council of Social Services and will be an opportunity to find out more about the ACNC and how we can support your work.

Register for the event here.

Aboriginal charity roundtable

Tuesday 19 April - 2pm to 4pm

This roundtable will discuss issues specific to regulation and reporting for charities that are controlled by or provide services to Aboriginal communities.

Discussion topics will include:

  • What is the ACNC and what does it do for my charity?
  • What charity data is available through the Australian Charities 2014 Report and how can this be used to access funding and support?
  • Clarification of the relationship between the ACNC and ORIC
  • Major challenges for charities controlled by or providing services to Aboriginal communities
  • How could the streamlining of reporting reduce red tape for charities?

Register for the event here.

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Good wishes,

Susan Pascoe AM
Commissioner

Contact us

Our phone number is 13 ACNC (13 22 62) or you can email us at advice@acnc.gov.au