ACNC media release

No.190

Three organisations lose charity status

23 November 2016

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has announced the revocation of three organisations following compliance investigations.

The organisations are:

These charities have 60 days to object to the ACNC’s revocation decisions, in which case they will be independently reviewed internally.

International Development Organisation

According to the Australian Business Register (ABR), the International Development Organisation has been operating since 2013 and is based in New South Wales.

It was endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to access the following Commonwealth charity tax concessions – GST concession, income tax exemption, and FBT rebate.

Islamic Development Organisation Inc

According to the ABR, the Islamic Development Organisation Inc has been operating since 2011 and is based in New South Wales.

It was endorsed by the ATO to access the following Commonwealth charity tax concessions – GST concession, income tax exemption, and FBT rebate.

Diamond’s House of Faith

According to the ABR, Diamond’s House of Faith has been operating since 2001 and is based in New South Wales.

It was endorsed by the ATO to access the following Commonwealth charity tax concessions – GST concession, income tax exemption, and FBT rebate.

These organisations will now lose access to Commonwealth charity tax concessions.

Commissioner Susan Pascoe AM encouraged members of the public or those involved in charities to raise concerns with the ACNC.

“Last financial year we received 930 concerns about charities,” Ms Pascoe said.

“This was a significant increase compared to the 2014-15 financial year when we received 810.

“The additional concerns resulted in the ACNC opening 50% more investigations compared to 2014-15, and more revocations are likely.

“The public and members of charities, including employees and volunteers, often provide the ACNC with valuable information to help us with our enquiries.

“If you have concerns, please raise these by visiting acnc.gov.au/charityconcern or by calling 13 ACNC.”

Commissioner Pascoe reiterated the ACNC’s proportionate approach to regulation.

“Revocation is reserved for the most serious of cases,” Ms Pascoe said.

“While the vast majority of registered charities are run by good people who are trying to contribute to our communities, there are some that mismanage charities, or worse still, use them as a vehicle for personal gain.

“When we find serious circumstances of mismanagement or deliberate breaches of the ACNC Act we will revoke charity status. We make no apology about taking a tough stance where appropriate.”

Commissioner Pascoe reminded donors and the public to always check the ACNC’s Charity Register.

“These organisations will now appear in red as “Revoked” on the Charity Register,” Ms Pascoe said.

“The Charity Register is a free, searchable database that provides the public with a wealth of information to help them make informed giving decisions.

“The Charity Register has been searched over 1.6 million times, and I encourage donors to always check the Charity Register before giving.”

Members of the public can find information about registered charities on the Charity Register at acnc.gov.au/findacharity.

The ACNC is prevented from disclosing further details due to secrecy provisions in the ACNC Act. However, the ACNC will publish instances in which it uses its formal powers, including revocation, on the Charity Register and at acnc.gov.au/compliancedecisions.

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