As a result of the effects of COVID-19, many charities are likely to experience issues with submitting their 2019 Annual Information Statement (and, if required, their annual financial report) by their due date.
Some of the reasons for this may include:
- the inability to hold Annual General Meetings
- the inability for charities to have their financial accounts audited or reviewed
- charity Responsible Persons who are unwell due to COVID-19.
ACNC Commissioner the Hon Dr Gary Johns has approved a recommendation that charities with AIS due dates between 12 March 2020 and 30 August 2020 now have an extension until 31 August 2020.
This latest extension also includes bushfire-affected charities that had previously been granted an AIS submission extension to May.
This blanket extension to AIS submission does not automatically include any obligations to other regulators - for example, charities that are incorporated associations and who report to state or territory regulators. More information on charity obligations to other regulators can be found in the 'Charity meetings and AGMs section', below.
Note: The revised due dates for charities' Annual Information Statements are shown on the ACNC Charity Register.