Section 3
ACNC Annual Report
2015-16

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The ACNC Commissioner is an independent statutory officer with sole responsibility for administering the national regulatory framework for charities. The ACNC purchases its back office services on a fee-for-service basis from the ATO.

For the purpose of reporting under the framework of the Australian Government’s Portfolio Budget Statements, the ACNC constitutes Programme 1.5 of the ATO’s report.

The ACNC’s programme deliverables and key performance indicators are published in the Portfolio Budget Statements and are used to assess and monitor our performance.

Programme objective

The ACNC provides independent determination and registration of charities, health promotion charities, and public benevolent institutions for all Commonwealth purposes. It operates a public information portal to improve the transparency and accountability of the not-forprofit sector to the public. It also investigates non-compliance with the ACNC Act. The purpose of these activities is to increase public trust and confidence in the not-for-profit sector.

The ACNC delivers education, advice and support to the sector to improve governance and compliance with the ACNC Act. These activities promote the sustainability and effectiveness of the not-for-profit sector.

The ACNC aims to implement a ‘report-once, use-often’ general reporting framework to reduce red tape and simplify the regulatory framework for charities. This work is undertaken in cooperation with other Australian Government agencies and state and territory governments, to make it easier for not-for-profits to deliver their services to the community.

Programme deliverables

The ACNC has the following programme deliverables:

  • number of charitable status determinations made within agreed timeframes
  • maintenance of a free-to-access public Charity Register
  • provision of guidance to assist charities to understand and meet their regulatory obligations and to assist the public to understand the work of the charity sector
  • number of investigations into non-compliance with the ACNC Act and actions taken
  • ACNC deregulation target met, and
  • analysis of charity information and provision of research reports to the community.

Programme key performance indicators

The ACNC has the following programme key performance indicators:

  • proportion of registration determinations delivered within agreed timeframes
  • proportion of complaints and concerns of non-compliance with the ACNC Act addressed within agreed timeframes
  • proportion of advice, education and guidance delivered within agreed timeframes
  • percentage of charities’ Annual Information Statements submitted compared to the number of registered charities, and
  • number of visits to website and the Charity Register

Performance reporting: Annual Performance Statements

The ACNC’s performance against the deliverables and key performance indicators above is reported in the following pages.

I, Susan Pascoe, Commissioner of the ACNC, as statutory office holder appointed to administer the ACNC Act, present the Annual Performance Statement of the ACNC. The Annual Performance Statement accurately reflects the performance of the ACNC during the 2015-16 financial year and is prepared for paragraph 39(1)(a) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (PGPA) Act 2013 (Cth) (PGPA Act).

The statement by the accountable authority to present the annual performance statement for the ACNC, is included in the Commissioner of Taxation Annual Report.


Susan Pascoe AM
Commissioner
Australian Charities and Not-for-profits
Commission
7 October 2016

The table below sets out where the statements against the deliverables and key performance indicators can be found in this report.

Measure Result Page reference
Deliverables
Number of charitable status determinations made within agreed timeframes. See page 33
Maintenance of a free-to-access public Charity Register. See page 44
Provision of guidance to assist charities to understand and meet their regulatory obligations and to assist the public to understand the work of the charity sector. See page 74
Number of investigations into non-compliance with the ACNC Act and actions taken. See page 61
ACNC deregulation target met. See page 97
Analysis of charity information and provision of research reports to the community. See page 84
Key performance indicators
Proportion of registration determinations delivered within agreed timeframes. See page 33
Proportion of complaints and concerns of non-compliance with the ACNC Act addressed within agreed timeframes. See page 33
Proportion of advice, education and guidance delivered within agreed timeframes. See page 33
Percentage of charities’ Annual Information Statements submitted compared to the number of registered charities. See page 38
Number of visits to website, and Charity Register See page 46 and 69