Third charity report released

Recently released, the Australian Charities Report 2015 contains new information about the size, activities and impact of Australia’s charities.

The third edition, it is the first to compare findings with those of previous years.

The report amounts to the ACNC’s annual flagship research and is essentially a charity-sector census. Produced by the Centre for Social Impact in partnership with the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, it analyses data submitted in 2015 annual information statements by almost 51,000 registered charities.

The report found that:

  • Total income had grown 2 per cent to more than $134 billion
  • Donations and bequests grew 2.4 per cent to $11.2 billion
  • There were nearly three million volunteers
  • Nearly half of all charities were run solely by volunteers
  • 1.2 million Australians were employed by a registered charity (around 10 per cent of the total workforce), and
  • The majority (67 per cent) of charities were small, with annual revenue of $250,000 or less.

The report is a valuable resource for charities, donors, governments, researchers and the community to understand better the sector.

It and shorter summary reports as well as an interactive data cube are available at

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