ACNC revokes status of hundreds of charities

The ACNC has revoked the registration of 590 charities that have failed to submit annual reports two years running.

In February, commissioner Susan Pascoe warned more than 1300 registered charities that failing to submit outstanding annual information statements would result in the loss of charity status.

‘As the national charity regulator, it is important that we provide the Australian community with accurate and up-to-date information on the charity register,’ Ms Pascoe said.

‘This information is largely collected from the annual information statements required from charities to meet their basic requirements to retain charitable status.

‘The organisations that have lost their charity status were warned multiple times to submit their outstanding reports.

‘Pleasingly, more than 700 charities – over 55 per cent – that were initially at risk of revocation have recognised the importance of being accountable and transparent in their operations, and have submitted their outstanding statements.  This group have retained their registration with the ACNC and will continue to access Commonwealth charity tax concessions.

‘This is a positive outcome for these charities.  Revocation for failing to report is always a last resort for the ACNC, and we prefer to work with charities to get them back on track.’

Revoked charities will no longer be able to display the ACNC’s tick on the register.

‘Revoking charities that fail to meet their obligations is an important part of maintaining trust and confidence in the not-for-profit sector,’ said Ms Pascoe.  ‘The public need to be confident that the national regulator is displaying only eligible charities on the register.

‘The [register] provides the public and donors with accurate and up-to-date information about Australia’s 54,000 charities.  Since it was launched in late 2012, it has been searched over 1.7 million times.’

Donors, grant-makers and volunteers can search the register at acnc.gov.au/findacharity.

The list of revoked charities can be found at acnc.gov.au/doubledefaulters.


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