Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission – Discussion Paper on Implementation Design

The ACNC Discussion Paper has been released to seek feedback on the design and implementation of the new reporting framework that will be administered by the ACNC. The paper also comments on the ACNC’s public information portal and the ACNC’s role in the provisions of educational and guidance for the charitable sector.

The proposed reporting framework sets out the information that the ACNC will collect from a charity during the registration process and each year through their annual reporting obligations (financial and non-financial).  The reporting framework proposes:

  • three-tiered proportional reporting according to a charity’s revenue and whether the charity has deductible gift recipient status;
  • a ‘passport’ of validated information, such as the charity’s name, ABN, postal address, office holders and bank account details, would be electronically available to registered government departments; and
  • a ‘fixed-form’ for financial information which will align with the Australian Government’s Standard Business Reporting and the Standard Chart of Accounts.

Submission on the discussion paper on implementation design are due 27 February 2012.       The discussion paper can be found at http://acnctaskforce.treasury.gov.au.