7 December 2012

Today Ms Susan Pascoe AM, was formally appointed by the Governor General as the inaugural Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

Ms Pascoe was the Head of the ACNC Implementation Taskforce, which worked across government and with the not-for-profit sector in the establishment of the ACNC, Australia’s first national, independent regulator of charities.

Ms Pascoe said she was proud to be the first Commissioner of the ACNC and that her commitment to the role was to ensure that the wonderful work and services provided by the sector would continue with support and guidance through the role of the Commission. She reinforced the importance of maintaining public trust and confidence, supporting a vibrant and innovative sector and,importantly, the reduction of red tape.

“I have spent most of my career in the not-for-profit sector particularly through my work with education organisations and I understand first hand thecomplexities, the challenges and the workloads placed on charities,” Ms Pascoe said.

“Our delivery on the three objects of the ACNC Act will be how the sector judges us and how we, at the ACNC, will determine our own success.”

The Assistant Treasurer, the Hon David Bradbury MP, supported Ms Pascoe’s appointment and complimented her on a job very well done as Head of the ACNC Implementation Taskforce.

“Ms Pascoe’s leadership, commitment to consultation and engagement, and the respect with which she is held across the community and the not-for-profit sector has provided the perfect foundation for the establishment of the ACNC, "Minister Bradbury said.

“She has a real commitment and passion for the Australian not-for-profit sector and a genuine appreciation of the important work the sector does.

“The Government looks forward to continuing to work with Ms Pascoe and the ACNC to positively and proactively contribute to the Government’s ambitious not-for-profit reform agenda.”

The ACNC opened for business on 3 December 2012, and immediately began registering charities and providing guidance and support.

“The introduction of the ACNC is an exciting time for the sector but there will also be challenges,” Ms Pascoe said.

“We do realise that some charities, particularly smaller charities, may find the initial transition to a national regulator difficult. Our staff are here to help and have completed extensive training.

“They can provide advice on a broad range of matters including the registration process, what the ACNC means for a charity, what reporting charities need to undertake, as well as providing information to the public.”

You can contact the ACNC by calling 13 ACNC (13 22 62), emailing advice@acnc.gov.au, or visitingwww.acnc.gov.au, as well as following the ACNCon Facebook andTwitter.

ACNC Media Contact:
Sean Lounder
Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
sean.lounder@acnc.gov.au
03 9247 0756 / 0404 115 471