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The ACNC Act

The ACNC was established by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 (Cth) (the ACNC Act) on 3 December 2012.

The ACNC Commissioner is a statutory office holder appointed to administer the ACNC Act.

The Act sets out three objects for the regulation of the Australian not-for-profit sector:

  • To maintain, protect and enhance public trust and confidence in the Australian not-for-profit sector.
  • To support and sustain a robust, vibrant, independent and innovative Australian not-for-profit sector.
  • To promote the reduction of unnecessary regulatory obligations on the Australian not-for-profit sector.

These objects set the direction for the ACNC. While the ACNC Act refers to not-for-profits and the not-for-profit sector, as at 30 June 2016 the ACNC only regulates registered charities.

The Charities Act

On 1 January 2014, the Charities Act 2013 (Cth) (the Charities Act) came into effect, establishing a statutory definition of charity and charitable purpose.

Our role

We provide independent determination and registration of charities, health promotion charities, and public benevolent institutions for all Commonwealth purposes. We operate a public information portal – the Charity Register – to improve the transparency and accountability of the not-for-profit sector to the public. We also investigate non-compliance with the ACNC Act. The purpose of these activities is to maintain and enhance public trust and confidence in the charitable and not-for-profit sector.

We deliver education, advice and support to the sector to improve governance and compliance with the ACNC Act. This promotes the sustainability and effectiveness of the not-forprofit sector.

We are working across government to implement a ‘report-once, use-often’ general reporting framework to reduce red tape and simplify the regulatory framework. Over time, this work will simplify reporting obligations and reduce red tape for the sector, allowing charities to allocate more of their resources to service delivery.

Outcome and programme

The ACNC Commissioner is an independent statutory officer with sole responsibility for administering the national regulatory framework for charities.

The ACNC sits within the Treasury Portfolio Budget Statements and is included under the ATO outcome and program structure under Program 1.5.

Our vision, mission and values

The ACNC’s Strategic Plan 2015–18 documents the organisation’s vision, mission, values and strategic priorities for the period.

Our vision is to create a regulatory environment where Australia’s registered charities can inspire confidence and respect.

Our mission and strategic priorities combine to clearly outline how we will achieve the objects of the ACNC Act.

Our values guide how we engage and interact with charities, the community and other stakeholders.

You can find our current and previous strategic plan at