It is with great pleasure that I can confirm the ACNC will continue to be the dedicated national regulator for Australian charities. On Friday 4 March, 2016, the Minister for Social Services, Hon Christian Porter MP and the Assistant Treasurer Hon Kelly O'Dwyer MP, announced the Government’s decision to retain the ACNC. This is wonderful news, coming after a long period of uncertainty.
The decision has led me to reflect on the great work our team has been doing since we were established a little over three years ago. The efforts of our passionate and dedicated staff, including our tireless Assistant Commissioners, Murray Baird and David Locke, have helped to grow the ACNC into the supportive, reliable and trusted regulator it is today.
I would also like to express my gratitude to those who have supported the work of the ACNC, in particular our Advisory Board ably chaired by Robert Fitzgerald AM. Many individuals and groups have expressed ongoing support for a charity regulator which promotes trust and confidence in the sector, supports its sustainability, and plays a catalytic role in red tape reduction. The voices of support over the years have been important in securing the future of the ACNC.
Uncertainty around our future has slowed progress in certain areas , but now we are in a better position to support charities, particularly working with states and territories to reduce red tape.
We recently released a new report, Cutting Red Tape: Options for alignment of regulatory obligations on the charity sector, commissioned by the ACNC and produced by Deloitte Access Economics. The report shows that there is potential to save millions for charities by taking further measures to harmonise and streamline government requirements of charities.
I acknowledge the leadership of some states and territories in red tape reduction initiatives and thank our colleagues in the state and territory governments for their input into this report.
To remove unnecessary duplication the ACNC has extended the transitional reporting arrangements. This is great news for charities that prepare reports for state and territory regulators. However, this is just a small part of our red tape reduction efforts. There is a range of other exciting measures that we are progressing which I hope to be able to announce soon.
I am proud of the work we have achieved since we were established on 3 December 2012 and I look forward to continuing to ensure Australian charities inspire confidence and respect.
Susan Pascoe AM