Welcome to the autumn edition of ACNC Quarterly. We are pleased to provide a link to the recently released of Smallest Charities Report 2015.
This report profiles almost 19,000 of Australia’s smallest charities, those with incomes of less than $50,000 in 2015.
These charities had a combined income of over $300 million, and total assets worth $5 billion – a significant portion of the sector.
Over 68% of Australia’s smallest charities were operated only by dedicated volunteers in 2015. More than 430,000 people donate their time to small charities across Australia, providing vital support and services to their communities and those in need. We salute the contribution of these charities and volunteers.
Later this year the Commonwealth Treasury will organise a review into the first five years of the operation of the ACNC Act and the ACNC Consequential and Transitional Act as is required in the legislation. The review will run over six months from December 2017, and it is anticipated that consultation with the charity sector will occur as part of the review process.
We will publish more information on the review throughout the year. To be sure that you’re kept up to date, I recommend subscribing to my fortnightly Commissioner’s Column.
We are pleased to announce that the ACT Government tabled legislation on 30 January. These legislative changes will remove duplicate reporting between the ACNC and the ACT Government.
Under the proposed changes to the Associations Incorporation Act 1991 (ACT) and the Charitable Collections Act 2003 (ACT), registered charities will only be required to report to the ACNC. The ACT Government is keen to have the new arrangements in place by July 2017 so that associations and fundraisers will only have to report to the ACNC from 1 July for the 2017 reporting period.
On 2 May, the Victorian Parliament passed the Consumer Acts Amendment Bill 2016, which allows the Minister for Consumer Affairs Victoria to exempt registered charities from their reporting obligations to Consumer Affairs Victoria. We look forward to working with the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, the Hon Marlene Kairouz, and Consumer Affairs Victoria to implement this streamlined arrangement.
We will continue to work with the other state and territory governments to reduce red tape for registered charities. We hope that there will be further announcements in the coming weeks and months.
I hope you enjoy this edition of the Quarterly.
Susan Pascoe AM