Consultation on Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission Replacement Arrangements

The Government believes it should not impose unnecessary regulatory control over the civil sector; rather, it should work with and support the sector’s ability to self- manage, allowing organisations to focus more on their work on in the community.

The repeal of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) is consistent with the Government’s broader deregulation agenda to boost productivity by removing complex red and green tape imposed on business, community and individuals by at least $1 billion per year.

As part of the Government’s election commitment to reduce unnecessary regulatory control over the civil sector, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Repeal) (No.1) Bill 2014 was introduced into the House of Representatives on 19 March 2014. The Regulatory Impact Statement that accompanied the first Bill stated that, ‘views will be explored during the second stage of the process and implementation options will give consideration to the impacts on different groups’.

The Options Paper, Australia’s Charities and Not-for-profits sets out proposed replacement arrangements for charities in Australia. The paper outlines the policy directions proposed by the Government to introduce effective replacement arrangements that reduce the burden of regulation on the civil society sector.

The paper is being released to seek feedback from charities and interested parties on the proposed replacement options. Comments and feedback will inform development of the replacement arrangements. A summary of written submissions will be provided on the Department’s website in September 2014.

Please download the submission template to provide your feedback on the proposed replacement arrangements.

The Department is holding a number of consultation sessions with charities and civil society organisations on the Options Paper and the proposed replacement arrangements for the ACNC. All interested parties are invited to attend one of these sessions listed below:

Consultation Session Date Time Location details
Melbourne Consultation Session Thursday 10 July 2014 10 – 11:30 AM DSS Victorian State Office
Jumbunna and Nurrungar Rooms
Level 9
595 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Melbourne Consultation Session Thursday 10 July 2014 1 – 2:30 PM DSS Victorian State Office
Jumbunna and Nurrungar Rooms
Level 9
595 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Hobart Consultation Session Friday 11 July 2014 9:30 – 11 AM Best Western
Bathurst Room
156 Bathurst Street
Hobart TAS, 7000
Canberra Consultation Session Thursday 17 July 2014 9:30 – 11 AM DSS National Office
Tuggeranong Office Park
Rooms BW2.01 and BW2.02
Corner Soward Way and Athllon Drive
Greenway ACT 2900
Canberra Consultation Session Thursday 17 July 2014 2:30 – 4 PM DSS National Office
Tuggeranong Office Park
Rooms BW2.01 and BW2.02
Corner Soward Way and Athllon Drive
Greenway ACT 2900
Brisbane Consultation Session Friday 18 July 2014 11 AM – 12:30 PM DSS Queensland State Office
Training Rooms 1 and 2
100 Creek Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
Perth Consultation Session Monday 21 July 2014 11AM – 12:30 PM Holiday Inn
Sandalwood and Sheoak Room
778-788 Hay Street
Perth WA 6000
Sydney Consultation Session Wednesday 23 July 2014 9:30 – 11 AM DSS New South Wales State Office
Charles Perkins Room
Tower B - Level 9
280 Elizabeth Street
Surry Hills
Sydney NSW 2010
Sydney Consultation Session Wednesday 23 July 2014 1 – 2:30 PM DSS New South Wales State Office
Charles Perkins Room
Tower B - Level 9
280 Elizabeth Street
Surry Hills
Sydney NSW 2010
Adelaide Consultations Session Thursday 24 July 2014 10 - 11:30 AM DSS South Australian State Office
Level 13
11 Waymouth Street
Adelaide SA 5000

If you are interested in attending one of the above sessions, please click the links and register online. Due to limited numbers, if your circumstances change and you can no longer attend the session, please advise DSS by email to consultationwithcharities@dss.gov.au.

While the sessions will have limited capacity, interested parties are encouraged to utilise the option of submitting a written application to this consultation process.

Written submissions, utilising the submission template, will be accepted until 20 August 2014

A summary of stakeholder feedback will be made available on the Department’s website, following the consultation period.

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