The ACNC is abuzz with activity as we prepare for the launch of the ACNC’s new website, Charity Register and Charity Portal over the coming weeks. The team has been hard at work, preparing for a major transition designed to improve the speed and accessibility of the ACNC’s online systems.
While progress has been steady, we understand that some charities are disappointed that the 2018 Annual Information Statement has not yet been made available. We anticipate that this will be available in October 2018, shortly after the launch of the ACNC website.
Due to the delayed release of the Annual Information Statement, I have exercised my discretion to extend the due date. All charities that have a due date between 31 December 2018 and 28 February 2019 now have until 31 March 2019 to submit. This will allow ample time to complete your charity’s annual reporting requirements.
Despite this extension, I encourage all charities to submit as early as possible and avoid leaving your annual reporting until just before the deadline – while our new system will be faster and easier to navigate, you are likely to need time to adjust to the upcoming changes in style and layout.
More information about the ACNC’s IT redevelopment will be provided to all charities via a special edition of ACNC Quarterly, issued to the Address for Service for charities in late October. Further updates about the progress of our IT upgrade can also be found on the ACNC’s social media channels.
In further exciting news, we’ve seen some great progress in red tape reduction. New South Wales Fair Trading has recently signed an agreement with the ACNC to reduce duplicate reporting for around 4,000 incorporated associations from 1 October 2018. This is a fantastic development, and I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the NSW Government for its commitment to red tape reduction for charities.
The report from the ACNC’s mandated five-year legislative review has also been published, featuring 30 recommendations to strengthen the ACNC’s regulatory legislative framework. I personally welcome the report’s publication and the insight it provides into the views of the charitable sector.