On 19 January 2015, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) revoked the status of 392 charities that the regulator believed were no longer operating.
In its media release of that date, the ACNC reported that the group of charities had not been in contact or responded to multiple letters and calls since the establishment of the ACNC.
Charities that have their status revoked but are still operating “will have their application to re-register with the ACNC fast-tracked once they have lodged any overdue reports”, said the ACNC Commissioner Susan Pascoe AM.
In the same media release, the ACNC reported that revocation proceedings will commence in the coming months in respect to charities that have not lodged both their 2013 and 2014 Annual Information Statements.
Registered charities are required to lodge an Annual Information Statement with the ACNC each year, and the ACNC reports that charities that do not lodge this statement for two consecutive years will face losing their charity status.
The list of charities revoked on 19 January can be found on the ACNC’s website.