The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) held its official launch today, coinciding with International Human Rights Day.

ACNC Commissioner Susan Pascoe AM mentioned the significance of the ACNC’s 10 December inauguration.

“I am especially pleased that our official launch is being held on the International Day of Human Rights which draws attention to the UN Declaration of Human Rights, Ms Pascoe said.

“In fact, the first charity to be registered since the ACNC started last week has a very strong human rights focus.

“STOP THE TRAFFIK, the first newly registered ACNC charity, is a coalition of organisations that aim to put an end to human trafficking. A fantastic cause and I’m pleased to report that they had a good experience in registering with the ACNC,” Ms Pascoe said.

Carolyn Kitto, STOP THE TRAFFIK Coordinator said, “You advertised yourself as a one-stop-shop and you have delivered.”

The ACNC is Australia’s first national, independent, regulator of charities; responsible for registering organisations as charities and supporting them to understand and meet their obligations.

The ACNC’s official launch took place today in Melbourne at Charcoal Lane, Mission Australia’s not-for-profit restaurant that provides hands-on work experience and training to Aboriginal and disadvantaged young people.

You can contact the ACNC by calling 13 ACNC (13 22 62), emailing advice@acnc.gov.au, or by visiting our website www.acnc.gov.au.

The ACNC is also active on social media throughFacebook (facebook.com/acnc.gov.au) andTwitter (twitter.com/@acnc_gov_au).