On 4 March 2016, the Government provided certainty to the charitable sector and community organisations by announcing the decision to retain the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).
Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, and Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer, Kelly O’Dwyer, said the decision followed extensive consultation with the sector on the alternative option of repealing and replacing the ACNC.
“We have given this very careful consideration,” Minister Porter said. “The Government’s consulted with, and listened to, all interested stakeholders. While there are a variety of views, within the charitable sector there is sufficient support for the retention of the ACNC.”
“It is intended that the ACNC will have a renewed focus on working with charities to help them to become more effective, and helping them to improve their governance.
Ms O’Dwyer said eliminating uncertainty about the ACNC will allow it to further progress regulatory reform and improve the not-for-profit sector.
“(The) announcement sees us striking the right balance between having effective public accountability and cutting red tape,” Minister O’Dwyer said.
“The Government will now work with the ACNC to remove duplication and increase accountability and transparency.
“The Government will continue to work with the ACNC, states and territories and the sector to identify areas where we can reduce the burden of red tape for charities and not-for-profit organisations.”