Australian Charities Report 2014

About the research

The Australian Charities Report 2014 is the first analysis of its kind, revealing previously unknown facts about the finances and sustainability of Australia’s charity sector.

Produced by the Centre for Social Impact in partnership with the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, the report analyses data submitted through the 2014 Annual Information Statement from almost 38 000 charities registered with the ACNC.

Key findings

  • Charities have combined total income of over $122 billion
  • The largest 5% of charities receive 80% of the sector's income
  • Charities are financially healthy
  • Most charities operate a balanced budget. They have a surplus or deficit of no more than 20% of their total income, and were more likely to have a surplus
  • Around 40% of charities have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. 30% of small charities, 51% of medium charities, and 66% of large charities have DGR status.
  • Charities employ over 1 million staff.


The Australian Charities Report 2014 is complemented by a series of sub-reports:

  • Australia’s Disability Charities 2014
  • Australia’s Charities and Red Tape 2014
  • Australia’s International Charities 2014

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Australian Charities Report 2014

Australia's Disability Charities 2014