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ACNC governance standards introduced

The new governance standards for charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) came into effect on 1 July 2013.

The standards apply to all organisations registered or wishing to register with the ACNC, except for Basic Religious Charities.

"This will provide assurance to the community that if a charity is registered with the ACNC, it commits to these straightforward standards," said Acting Commissioner Murray Baird.

Those charities already listed with the ACNC will be held to the new standards in order to remain registered. Baird said he was confident that very few would need to change their governance practices in order to comply.

"We at the ACNC are certain that the vast majority of Australian charities already govern themselves in accordance with these new standards," said Baird.

"However, in organisations where that is not the case, it is the ACNC's role is to offer support and advice to help them reach this level of governance," Baird added.

The standards include proof of NFP status, accountability to members, compliance with laws and provisions for the suitability and duties of responsible entities. The full details of the new standards are available on www.acnc.gov.au

Photo: ACNC Commissioner Susan Pascoe

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