About the ACNC
The ACNC is the independent national regulator of charities. The ACNC was established to achieve the following objectives:
- Maintain, protect and enhance public trust and confidence in the sector through increased accountability and transparency.
- Support and sustain a robust, vibrant, independent and innovative not-for-profit sector.
- Promote the reduction of unnecessary regulatory obligations on the sector.
To achieve our objectives, the ACNC:
- Registers organisations as charities.
- Helps charities to understand and meet their obligations through information, guidance, advice and other support.
- Maintains a free and searchable public register so that anyone can look up information about registered charities.
- Is working with state and territory governments (as well as individual federal, state and territory government agencies) to develop a ‘report-once, use-often’ reporting framework for charities.
- Investigates complaints about potentially non compliant charities.
What is personal information?
Personal information is information or an opinion about an individual:
whether or not the information or opinion is true or not; and
- whether the information or opinion is recorded in a material form or not.
The APPs apply only to information about individuals. The APPs do not cover information about charitable entities. Information about charitable entities is protected under the secrecy provisions of the ACNC Act.
If the ACNC does not collect personal information about you, the Privacy Act will not apply.
An individual who is a responsible entity for a charity (i.e. a director of a company or a trustee of a trust that is a registered charity).
- A contact person for a charity.
- An agent for a charity.
- An individual whose personal information may be given to or held by the ACNC.
- A contractor, consultant or supplier or vendor of goods or services to the ACNC.
- A person seeking employment with the ACNC; or
- A person employed by the ACNC.
The ACNC Register
The ACNC Act requires the ACNC to collect and publish information about charities and their responsible entities on the ACNC Charity Register. The Charity Register allows members of the public to access and view information about registered charities. Subject to limited withholding provisions, the ACNC must publish this information in accordance with section 40-5 of the ACNC Act.
The publication of personal information onto our Register is permitted under the Privacy Act.