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ACNC here to stay

A decision has been made to retain The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. Here is what the ACNC Commissioner had to say in her column on 9 March 2016:

On Friday 3 March, 2016, the Minister for Social Services, Hon Christian Porter MP and the Assistant Treasurer Hon Kelly O'Dwyer MP, announced the Government’s decision to retain the ACNC. This is wonderful news, coming after a long period of uncertainty. 

At the ACNC, we welcome the announcement and the certainty that it brings for the charity sector. The government has listened and responded to the sector, which has shown consistent support for a dedicated regulator for the NFP sector. 

The decision provides me with the opportunity to reflect on the great work our team has been doing since we were established a little over three years ago. 

The efforts of our passionate and dedicated staff, including our tireless Assistant Commissioners, Murray Baird and David Locke, have helped to grow the ACNC into the supportive, reliable and trusted regulator it is today.

I would also like to express my gratitude to those who have supported the work of the ACNC. Many individuals and groups have expressed ongoing support for a charity regulator which promotes trust and confidence in the sector, supports its sustainability, and plays a catalytic role in red tape reduction. The voices of support over the years have been important in securing the future of the ACNC.

I am proud of the work we have achieved since we were established on 3 December 2012 and I look forward to continuing efforts ensure Australian charities inspire confidence and respect. The announcement that the ACNC would be retained provides great impetus to further reduce red tape, increase accountability and provide targeted support and guidance for charities. 

You can read the full joint statement on the decision to retain the ACNC from Ministers Porter and O'Dwyer at





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