Non-Profit News Service No. 0387 - New charity regulator commences operations

On 3 December 2012, the independent regulator for charities, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) commenced operations.

The ACNC is responsible for determining charity status for all federal tax purposes. As part of its status determinations, the ACNC also decides whether a charity is a public benevolent institution (PBI) or health promotion charity (HPC).

We will continue to be responsible for administering tax concessions relevant to charities, including:

  • income tax exemption
  • FBT rebate or exemption
  • GST charity concessions
  • deductible gift recipient (DGR) status.

Registration with the ACNC is voluntary. However, ACNC registration is now a prerequisite for charities to access charity tax concessions.

If your organisation was endorsed by the ATO as a charity to access charity tax concessions immediately before 3 December 2012, your organisation is automatically registered with the ACNC and you do not have to re-register.

The ACNC offers a number of key services, including charity registration, a searchable charity register listing registered Australian charities, education and guidance materials. You can keep up-to-date with changes to the ACNC by subscribing to the ACNC Commissioner's weekly column.

Further Information

For more information about the ACNC, including how subscribe to their updates and register as a charity:

For more information about our endorsement processes to access:

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