ACNC Defends Staffing Numbers
4 September 2012 at 10:44 am
A screenshot of the Linked In 'Aussie Charities and NFPs' forum
As Australia’s first charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), prepares to open its door on 1 October, the newly established organisation has defended its staffing numbers.
The Melbourne-based ACNC has employed 90 staff to work with the Australian Not for Profit sector.
And as the Interim Commissioner and Head of ACNC Implementation Taskforce Susan Pascoe set out to explain the role of the new Advice Services Team, her Deputies were defending the overall staff numbers in an online Aussie Charities and NFPs forum.
Some Not for Profits have questioned the need for so many staff.
Assistant ACNC Commissioner David Locke said the resourcing of the ACNC was a matter for the Government and was based on informed analysis of the work to be carried out.
“There are 56,000 charities in Australia who currently receive tax concessions. We estimate that between three and four thousand new charities a year will require registration. The ACNC will provide a wide range of services to this important sector in Australia,” he said.
Part of the new recruitment includes an Advice Services Team which will answer Not for Profit calls and correspondence.
Susan Pascoe said these 15 staff will be the human face of the Commission.
“In preparation for the opening of the ACNC, the team have been undertaking extensive training. They have also been working hard to identify and test additional resources that customers of the ACNC may require when they contact us,” she said.
Pascoe said the team had been recruited from varied backgrounds and professional experience within the Not for Profit sector, Government departments and private enterprises.
Assistant ACNC Commissioner (General Counsel) Murray Baird said in the online forum that the ACNC can be a catalyst for raising the profile of the NFP sector as a respected part of the community and that it ought to be well resourced.
“In my observation the team at ACNC have close connections and commitment to the work of NFPs, and yes, are more than likely to be involved at the grass roots in charities as volunteers outside a demanding schedule getting ready for commencement on 1 October.”