A new charity commission

By Sean Triner

The Australian Treasury department is holding consultations looking at the new ‘charity commission’ for Australia. If fundraisers don’t consult it could be very damaging for us.

If you are working for, or on the board of an Australian charity please make sure you, your board and your CEO know what is going on.

Info from the new Commissions site:

Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC). The ACNC will be an independent regulator and will:

  • be advised by an Advisory Board chaired by Robert Fitzgerald AM
  • report to Parliament through the Treasurer
  • be staffed by around 90 officers, with potential for growth if additional functions are added
  • be supported by the ATO in the provision of back-office services

Sounds terrifying – charities will be governed by Treasury. That is too late to change, but what the rules are can still be influenced. No time to delay people – they start their job on 1 July 2012.

I know it is boring, it is Government but if we don’t consult and get this right, it won’t be boring I can promise you that.