The ACNC can apply administrative penalties if a charity makes false or misleading statements or fails to lodge documents on time. We may remit all or part of any penalties that apply, following our regulatory approach.

The current value of a Commonwealth penalty unit is $222.

Example schedule of administrative penalties that apply to charities who fail to lodge an Annual Information Statement by its due date

Charity size Minimum penalty
(Less than 28 days overdue)
Maximum penalty
(More than 112 days overdue)

Annual revenue is less than $250,000



Annual revenue is $250,000 or more, but less than $1 million



Annual revenue is $1 million or more



Monetary penalties are calculated by reference to penalty units under the Crimes Act 2014 (as amended) which vary over time. The penalty amounts contained in the table above are based on Commonwealth penalty unit values as at July 2020.