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’.

Earlier this year, the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Kevin Andrews MP, released the Australia’s Charities and Not-for-profits Options Paper outlining the proposed regulatory replacement arrangements for charities following the abolition of the ACNC.

The Department conducted face-to-face consultations sessions following the release of the Options Paper. These were held across seven capital cities – Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Adelaide. A total of 230 stakeholders attended the sessions, with some forums attended by over 40 participants.

Written submissions were also accepted by DSS on the proposed replacement arrangements. A total of 88 submissions were received.

Feedback from the face-to-face consultations and the written submissions has been consolidated into the Australia’s Charities and Not-for-profits Consultation Report.

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