ACNC’s continuation confirmed

The charities sector has welcomed the announcement from Ministers Christian Porter and Kelly O’Dwyer that the Federal Government will support the continuation of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC). Previously the government had said it would disband the ACNC, causing uncertainty in the sector as to its regulatory framework and hampering efforts to reduce red tape.

The sector has been vocal in its desire to retain the charities commission, with surveys consistently indicating overwhelming backing of the ACNC as an independent regulator of charities across Australia. The decision for continued support came after consultation with the sector, which confirmed the strong level of ongoing support for the continued role of the ACNC.

The ACNC will have a renewed focus on championing charities, working with them to become more effective, and helping them improve their governance.

The government has also announced it will continue to work with the ACNC, states and territories, and the sector to identify areas where the burden of red tape for charities and not-for-profit organisations can be reduced.

The government has also confirmed that it will cease the development of the Civil Society National Centre for Excellence.

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