Duplicated reporting removed for ACT charities

Over 600 charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) no longer have to also report to the ACT government, thanks to a MOU signed between Access Canberra and the ACNC at the end of June.

The MOU follows the passing of the Red Tape Reduction Legislation Amendment Act 2017 on 6 June 2017 which removed the duplication of reporting requirements and makes the ACNC the primary regulator for charities.

‘What this means in practice is less paperwork for charities and more time for them to do what they do best: supporting our community,’ said Access Canberra’s Deputy Director-General, Dave Peffer.

‘From 1 July 2017, those charities registered with the ACNC that undertake fundraising will no longer need a charitable collection licence in the ACT and will only need to submit their Annual Information Statement once, to the ACNC.’

ACNC Commissioner Susan Pascoe, said the ACNC and ACT government had worked closely for an extended period to develop and deliver these reforms. ‘Beginning almost immediately, the ACT’s registered charities will benefit from the removal of arrangements that required duplicative reporting to two different regulators.’

Pascoe said the ACNC would continue to work with other state and territory governments to implement similar reforms for the benefit of Australia’s registered charities and the community.

The MOU formalises the sharing of information between the two organisations. Once a charity advises ACNC of a change, the information will flow to the ACT from the ACNC avoiding duplication in reporting.

This exchange of information will allow Access Canberra to have relevant information about charities operating as associations in the ACT. The ACT’s registered charities are encouraged to check their Annual Information Statement due date with the ACNC by logging into the ACNC Charity Portal. Charities seeking further information about their ongoing obligations should visit ACNC at www.acnc.gov.au/ongoingobligations or email advice@acnc.gov.au.

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