Submission to the Review of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission legislation

Members of the Prime Minister’s Business Community Partnership (the Partnership) recently met with members of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) legislation Review Panel.

The Partnership reiterates its previous strong support for the role of the ACNC as regulator to build and maintain strong public trust and confidence in the Australian charitable sector.

The main focus of the Partnership’s submission is:

  • ensuring a fair and reasonable balance between an effective regulatory and compliance framework while preserving the sector’s independence and its ability to deliver wide ranging services, education and support across Australia
  • enhancing the role of the ACNC Advisory Board to engage and connect with the sector and provide advice to the Commissioner and Ministers
  • the risks and benefits of extending the ACNC regulatory framework to other not-for-profit (NFP) organisations, especially for small (non-charity) NFP organisations and the need to harmonise/streamline with existing state/territory authorities
  • the potential for ACNC overreach and tensions in being both the sector regulator while also facilitating capacity building and development, and
  • further areas for red tape reduction for the sector, including a consistent national system of child safe standards and working with children checks, as recommended in the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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