Strong financial systems and controls are very important to help protect you and your charity, and ensure it runs effectively and can meet its debts.
All charities, including small ones, must meet a set of Governance Standards to be registered, and remain registered, with the ACNC. This factsheet details those standards.
All charities, including small and extra small charities, must meet a series of ongoing obligations to maintain their registration with the ACNC. This factsheet examines those obligations.
This factsheet looks at several aspects of small charity governance, including meetings, inductions and reporting.
This factsheet aims to help small charities with their complaints handling processes.
The ACNC’s regulatory approach places an emphasis on supporting charities to meet their obligations through advice, guidance and education. Understanding charities is at the centre of that approach.
This factsheet examines a number of trends and issues that small charities may encounter or need to address.
This factsheet looks at fundraising and the fundraising-related issues small charities may encounter.
Handovers are a vital way to ensure charity continuity, to properly manage change and to prevent the loss of key charity knowledge.
This factsheet examines issues like internal disputes, conflicts of interest and charity wrongdoing.
This factsheet looks at issues like winding up and merging, as well as changes to charities' subtype or legal structure.
Someone who is properly inducted into your charity is quickly productive, meaning that they can hit the ground running and quickly be at their best in their new role.
This factsheet provides guidance for small charities on managing their money, including protecting against fraud.
The ACNC defines a conflict of interest as when someone’s personal interests conflict with their ability to act in the best interests of the charity they are a part of.
Your small charity should treat its staff and volunteers with respect, and have a positive organisational attitude to its people. Ongoing staff and volunteer management occurs through planning, processes/procedures and the right attitude.
Motions drive board and committee meetings. This factsheet looks at different types of motions, as well as providing tips on writing good motions.
Agendas play a key role in the success of any board or committee meeting a charity or not-for-profit might hold. And like a road map, a clear, concise and good quality agenda makes navigating board or committee meetings far easier.
This factsheet provides information on other regulators that may oversee small charities, as well as other obligations they might have.
Registered charities have an obligation to complete an Annual Information Statement each year. This includes answering questions about their charity’s finances. The level of reporting for small charities differs to that which is required by medium and large charities.
This factsheet looks at various elements of the day-to-day running of a charity, including Responsible Persons, leadership, Governing documents and engaging volunteers and staff.
Charities should use social media responsibly, in line with public expectations and in ways which do not compromise the charity’s reputation or community standing. A social media policy can help guide charity behaviour and mitigate risks.
ACNC registration allows access to Commonwealth charity tax concessions from the ATO. Charity tax concessions are endorsed and administered at a federal level by the ATO, not the ACNC, and not all charities are eligible for endorsement as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) from the ATO.
The External Conduct Standards (ECS) are a set of four standards that govern a registered charity’s operations outside Australia.
This factsheet provides details about what a charity is, as well as the proper technical meaning of the term as defined by Australian law.
This factsheet aims to answer the question: What is the ACNC?