As you may have read, my term with the ACNC comes to an end on 30 September 2017. For the past five years, I have been proud to serve as the inaugural ACNC Commissioner.
Since we opened the doors in December 2012, our aim has been to establish the ACNC as a world-leading, digital-by-default charity regulator.
I am amazed at how much we have achieved in this short time, especially as considerable work was completed under sustained uncertainty regarding the future of the organisation.
As the ACNC nears its five-year anniversary, we have matured into a firm but fair regulator that the sector and the public trust will act justly, transparently and responsively.
The next stage in the ACNC’s journey has already begun, with the mandatory five-year review of the ACNC’s legislation occurring in December.
The review will provide a chance for the government, with input from the sector, to assess the impact of the ACNC’s legislation, and to identify any gaps or areas for improvement. I am confident that the review will further refine and improve the way we carry out our role as charity regulator.
Before I sign off for the last time as the Commissioner in an edition of the ACNC Quarterly, I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Australia’s charities. Every day I am inspired by those who devote their lives to charitable endeavours; it has been a privilege to work closely with them over the past five years.
I also want to thank the current and past members of the ACNC Advisory Board, including the inaugural Board Chair, Robert Fitzgerald AM, and current Chair, Tony Stuart. Their guidance and support has helped the ACNC not only survive, but thrive.
And finally, my deepest appreciation to my colleagues at the ACNC. The ACNC is staffed by 100 of the most dedicated people I have had the pleasure of working with, including Assistant Commissioners Murray Baird and David Locke. Murray and David have helped guide the organisation since day-one, so please rest assured, the ACNC is in safe hands.
It has been my privilege to support and protect Australia’s not-for-profit sector as the ACNC Commissioner. I wish you all the very best in your charitable endeavours.
Susan Pascoe AM