2014-15 ACNC Annual Report video

In this video, Commissioner Susan Pascoe AM introduces the 2014-15 ACNC Annual Report. She provides a summary of the ACNC’s key achievements and also the ACNC’s goals for the next year.

 

Transcript

Hello, I’m Susan Pascoe, Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, or ACNC.

Welcome to our 2014 - 15 Annual Report.

Despite some challenging circumstances, 2014 - 15 was a year of significant growth for the ACNC - Australia’s national charity regulator.

I am proud of the achievements of our staff during the year. Collectively, our oversight has contributed to:

  • maintaining trust and confidence in Australia’s charities,
  • supporting their sustainability, and
  • helping to reduce red tape.   

Building the Charity Register

One of our primary focuses in 2014 – 15 was building the ACNC Charity Register - Australia’s first free, searchable, database of registered charities.

We have now removed or revoked over 9 thousand charities from the Charity Register, and through annual reporting, we have added the financial data of close to 40 thousand charities.

The Charity Register now gives members of the public, volunteers and donors, unprecedented access to information about Australia’s 54 thousand four hundred registered charities.

In 2014 – 15, use of the Charity Register continued to grow, with over 400 thousand views – a significant increase compared to last year.

Compliance

In the compliance space, we noted a significant increase in the number of concerns raised with the ACNC, up 27% on last year’s figures.

The majority of these concerns were raised by members of the public, and many focused on the issue of private benefit.

These concerns resulted in 238 investigation, which resulted in 10 charities having their registration with the ACNC revoked.

Looking ahead

Looking ahead, our priorities are to reduce red tape for charities and continue to build public confidence in the sector.
Our key focus areas for 2015 - 16 include:

  • further enhancing the Charity Register through better search functionality

  • continuing to work with state and territory government agencies to achieve regulatory and reporting harmonisation and simplification

  • ensuring charities meet their reporting obligation

  • continuing to respond to concerns raised about charities

  • providing the sector with analysis of the data we collect.

I encourage you all to read our Annual Report and learn more about the work of the ACNC.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at the ACNC if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

 

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