As part of the 2011-12 Budget, the Government announced the first stage of an ambitious reform agenda for the NFP sector which includes establishing the ACNC.

Interim Commissioner and Head of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) Implementation Taskforce, Susan Pascoe AM, said

"I am pleased to provide the community with an update on our progress so far. The Taskforce is keen to work closely with the Not-for-Profit sector as we start shaping the new regulatory framework. We have been meeting with peak bodies to share our thoughts and planned implementation approaches."

The ACNC will be initially responsible for registering NFP entities as charities and Public Benevolent Institutions and will implement a 'report-once use-often' reporting framework for charities, provide education and support to the sector on technical matters, and establish a public information portal by 1 July 2013.

The Taskforce is working closely with Commonwealth government agencies, as well as different levels of government and peak bodies in the NFP sector to ensure that critical knowledge experience and expertise is used to positively shape the reform proposals.

ACNC Taskforce Website

Ms Pascoe said

"It is important that the sector and the community be kept informed of our activities regardless of where they are located geographically across Australia. To this end I am very pleased to launch the website of the ACNC Implementation Taskforce - http://acnctaskforce.treasury.gov.au."

The website also provides links to the ACNC taskforce's YouTube channel which includes videos explaining key aspects of the ACNC and the broader not-for-profit reform agenda.

Those interested will be able to keep up to date on our activities 24/7. Ms Pascoe encouraged people to subscribe to the website and to YouTube to ensure they are informed of developments.

The launch of the website and the YouTube site are the beginning of an engagement process. There will be opportunities coming up for the community to contribute ideas and comments on the new regulatory framework through a discussion paper, online forum and face to face consultations.

Location of ACNC sites in Melbourne and Canberra

The main business operations of the ACNC will be located in Melbourne (at premises yet to be determined) and there will also be a smaller presence in Canberra to facilitate engagement with key stakeholders such as Government, not-for-profit-peak bodies and Commonwealth agencies.

Susan Pascoe
Interim Commissioner and Head of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission Implementation Taskforce