Charity registration revoked for 5500 charities

Almost 5,500 charities across Australia have now lost their registration with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), after failing to adequately report for two years in a row.

It is assumed that many of these charities are no longer operating, following extensive attempts to contact them.

Almost 9,000 charities have been removed from the Charity Register since the ACNC was established in late 2012. There are currently 54,000 registered charities that the ACNC considers to be transparent and active.

ACNC Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM, says that “The public should check before they donate and be wary of donating to charities that the ACNC has revoked but are still operating.

“Charities registered with the ACNC are more transparent about their activities and the public can access a lot of information about them, including their financial information, on the Charity Register.

“Charities registered with the ACNC are also required to meet minimum governance standards.”

It’s a timely reminder, as many charities will currently be preparing their reporting for a 30th of June deadline.

“Charities can access step-by-step guidance on our website at acnc.gov.au or charities can also contact our team via phone on 13 22 62 or by email at advice@acnc.gov.au” says Ms Pascoe.

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