About the research

As part of the Commonwealth Government’s broader red tape reduction agenda, a key function of the ACNC is to help reduce the regulatory burden on the Australian not for profit sector.

To achieve this, the ACNC has embarked on a research program to measure the red tape burden on charities and identify target areas for red tape reduction.

In December 2013, the ACNC engaged Ernst & Young to research the regulatory and reporting burden on charities, focussing on the Commonwealth perspective. As the second phase of the ACNC’s red tape reduction research programme, the ACNC commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to undertake research on a range of options to align the regulatory obligations of the ACNC and states and territories.

These options seek to identify and quantify the benefits that could accrue to charities through red tape reduction in three key areas that are the responsibility of the states and territories:

  • fundraising (including gaming),
  • state taxation (principally eligibility for taxation concessions), and
  • incorporated associations legislation.

This research is considered a companion piece to the EY report, Research into Commonwealth Regulatory and Reporting Burdens on the Charity Sector (September 2014).

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Download ACNC Cutting Red Tape Report [PDF 1MB]