Factsheet: Self-help groups and the ACNC

Attention - Important information!Organisations that were recognised (endorsed) as charities by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to receive charity tax concessions before 3 December 2012 have been automatically registered with the ACNC. Check the ACNC Register to see if your self-help group is registered with the ACNC.

Can self-help groups register with the ACNC?

The ACNC registers organisations as charities. Open and non-discriminatory self-help groups that otherwise meet the legal meaning of charity and our requirements for registration can register as charities with the ACNC.

When applying to register, self-help groups may wish to select 'any other purpose beneficial to the general public' as their charitable purpose and 'social and community welfare activities' as one of their charitable activities. Self-help groups may also select other recognised charitable purposes they have, or other charitable activities they engage in, such as cultural activities or health-related programs.

What obligations do registered charities have to the ACNC?

Self-help groups registered with the ACNC have ongoing obligations. These include to:

  • notify us of certain changes
  • keep records
  • report to us each year, and
  • comply with governance standards.

Unless we or another government agency tell you otherwise, self-help groups that have obligations to another government agency (such as notification or reporting) must continue to meet these obligations. The ACNC will be working with other government agencies to reduce unnecessary regulatory obligations over time. Find out more about this work and whether it affects your organisation by reading about charity obligations to other regulators.

Contact the ACNC

Phone: 13 ACNC (13 22 62)
Email: advice@acnc.gov.au
Mail: Advice Services, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, GPO Box 5108, Melbourne VIC 3001
Fax: 1300 232 569


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