Close Search
 
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  |  Governance

ACNC Makes Unique Deal With Charity


5 February 2015 at 10:27 am
Lina Caneva
In an Australian first a charity based in Alice Springs has partnered with the national charity regulator in an attempt to improve its governance.

Lina Caneva | 5 February 2015 at 10:27 am


0 Comments


 Print
ACNC Makes Unique Deal With Charity
5 February 2015 at 10:27 am

In an Australian first a charity based in Alice Springs has partnered with the national charity regulator in an attempt to improve its governance.

The Yipirinya School, an independent Aboriginal school and charity, recently signed an enforceable undertaking with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

The agreement was made to try to rectify record keeping and governance concerns at the charity.

Assistant Commissioner and General Counsel at the ACNC, Murray Baird, said that the agreement was a positive outcome.

“By offering the ACNC enforceable undertaking, the charity is committing itself to improving a range of governance issues,” Baird said.

“We are extremely pleased to work with the charity and we have every confidence in the Management Committee to rectify the situation.”

The President of the Yipirinya School Council Inc Management Committee, Jungala Kriss, also welcomed the collaborative approach taken with the ACNC.

“The Yipirinya Management Committee welcomes the opportunity to work with the ACNC in a process of reviewing our constitution, policies and practices to ensure that the Yipirinya School Council meets the governance standards required of a charitable  Not for Profit organisation, so as to serve the best interests of our children and our community,” Kriss said.

Baird said that an enforceable undertaking was one of many regulatory tools at the ACNC’s disposal.

“Part 4-2 of the ACNC Act sets out a range of enforcement powers available to the ACNC,” he said.

“This includes warnings, directions, injunctions, and of course enforceable undertakings. Ultimately, the ACNC also has the power to revoke the status of a registered charity and we have done so on a number of occasions where we believe a charity is no longer meeting the minimum governance standards.

“In situations such as this our regulatory approach allows us to work with the charity to rectify the situation.  

“We will continue to offer guidance and support to ensure the charity gets back on track.”


Lina Caneva  |  Editor  |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years. She was the editor of Pro Bono Australia News from when it was founded in 2000 until 2018.

PB Careers
Get your biweekly dose of news, opinion and analysis to keep you up to date with what’s happening and why it matters for you, sent every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers? Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au or download our contributor guidelines.

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

A for-purpose recipe: the ingredients to drive impact and sustainability today

Heather Morecroft

Thursday, 24th September 2020 at 7:00 am

Here’s how you can govern through a crisis

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 16th September 2020 at 5:48 pm

Directors’ obligations this reporting season

Travis Rickard

Thursday, 10th September 2020 at 7:00 am

pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook
×