This year’s report is a more succinct summary of the key facts and figures, including the total income and expenses of charities, where they operate, who they help and what they do.
If you are in search of more in-depth information, you can also explore the data on our website at acnc.gov.au/charitiesreport. The data is updated with Annual Information Statement data annually and allows users to create their own reports based on specific criteria.
There are now more than 57,500 charities registered with the ACNC. The Australian Charities Report 2017 analyses the Annual Information Statements of approximately 47,000 charities — those that were submitted by 13 February 2019. While we are publishing the 2017 report in 2019, this is in fact the most up to date information available to the ACNC. The data analysed in this report is drawn from the 2017 Annual Information Statement; the 2018 Annual Information Statement, by comparison, is not yet due for many charities.
This edition of the Australian Charities Report supports many of the findings from previous years:
- Most charities are small — with annual revenue of less than $250,000 (65%)
- The most common activity is religion (30%)
- The geographic distribution of charities aligns with Australia’s population, with New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, in that order, being home to the majority
- And just under half of all charities (49%) are operated solely by volunteers.
We have noted significant changes in some measures, for example:
- Donations and bequests made to registered charities were $9.9 billion, a decrease of $600 million
- Total combined revenue increased from $143 billion in 2016 to $146 billion
- Government funds to charities increased by $7 billion
- Total combined employee expenses decreased to $74.8 billion, down from $75.4 billion in 2016
- 400,000 more people volunteered for a registered charity.
This is the fifth annual Australian Charities Report the ACNC has published. All previous editions, and the interactive datacube, can be found on our website at acnc.gov.au/charitiesreport.
If you would like any further information about this report, or ACNC data in general, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hon Dr Gary Johns