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. 

During July, the Department held ten consultation sessions with charities and civil society organisations on the Options Paper and the proposed replacement arrangements for the ACNC.

The written submission process has now closed.

A summary of stakeholder feedback will be made available on the Department’s website in September.

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