Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC)

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is the independent national regulator of charities. The ACNC has been set up to achieve the following objects:

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

The ACNC:

  • registers organisations as charities
  • helps charities understand and meet their obligations through information, guidance, advice and other support
  • maintains a free and searchable public register so that anyone can look up information about registered charities
  • is working with state and territory governments (as well as individual federal, state and territory government agencies) to develop a ‘report-once, use-often’ reporting framework for charities.