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The Governance Standards are a set of core, minimum standards that deal with how a charity is run (including its processes, activities and relationships) – its governance.

The Standards require charities to remain charitable, operate lawfully, and be run in an accountable and responsible way. They help to maintain public trust in charities, and support charities to continue to do their charitable work.

Because the Governance Standards are a set of high-level principles, not precise rules, charities must determine the actions they need to take to comply with them.

Charities must meet the Governance Standards to be registered and remain registered with the ACNC.

See our guidance on the ACNC Governance Standards.