Charities can use the following words when authorising an agent (like a lawyer or accountant) to submit a form or other document to the ACNC on their behalf.

The following people can sign the authorisation for your charity:

  • a Responsible Person – a member of your charity’s governing body, such as a board or committee member or trustee, or
  • an authorised person – someone who holds a position in the charity that gives them authority to sign (such as a chief executive officer, chief financial officer, company secretary or other member of the senior management team).

Provide a signed copy to your agent but you do not have to give the ACNC a copy of the declaration. However, your charity must keep a copy for seven years and provide it to us on request.

Suggested agent authorisation

I [insert name], [insert position] of [insert charity name] authorise [agent’s name] of [agent’s firm name, if applicable] to provide the documents listed below to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commissioner:

  • [insert return, notice, statement, application or other document such as Annual Information Statement or ACNC authorised forms]

I declare that the information provided to [insert agent’s name] for the preparation of this/these documents is true and correct.

Declared at: [insert location]

On: [insert date]

Signature:

……………………………………………………

Name:

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Position

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