Curtin University Not-for-profit Initiative’s research report

Curtin Charities 2013 Report

About the research

This research analysed data from more than 38 000 registered charities, which submitted through their Annual Information Statements (up until 30 June 2014) in their first year of reporting to the ACNC.

This analysis provides the first single-source, evidence-based research of the charity sector of its kind.

The research also revealed wide-ranging findings:

  • In terms of charitable activities:
    • Charities undertook a broad range of activities in 2012-13, ranging from religious, community development  and research activities to emergency relief, animal protection and international pursuits
    • Religious activities were the main the activity for more  25 per cent of charities, followed by primary and secondary education for 6 per cent of charities
    • Nearly 70 per cent of charities worked in one or more areas in addition to their main charitable activity 
  • In terms of how  the reporting burden is experienced:
    • 10 per cent of charities experience about 80 per cent of the total administrative burden
  • In terms of employment of staff / volunteers:
    • 10 per cent of charities accounted for 90 per cent of full time jobs and nearly $90 billion of income in the sector.
    • 75 per cent of small charities do not employ full time staff
    • The peak number of volunteers employed by organisations is between five and 19
    • Nearly 1 million people are employed across the sector

More information

If you are interested in exploring the ACNC’s Annual Information Statement data for multiple charities, you can download the latest dataset of 2013 Annual Information Statements at

Read the media release about the research report.

Register to attend an event in Adelaide, taking an in-depth look at the report and findings.