Take Survey
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  Leadership

New Rules for Small Charities Released


Thursday, 3rd March 2016 at 2:53 pm
Xavier Smerdon, Journalist
The national charity regulator has released a new set of governance rules for small charities.

Thursday, 3rd March 2016
at 2:53 pm
Xavier Smerdon, Journalist


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
New Rules for Small Charities Released
Thursday, 3rd March 2016 at 2:53 pm

The national charity regulator has released a new set of governance rules for small charities.

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), together with Justice Connect Not-for-profit Law, has developed a set of template rules to help small unincorporated charities with their governance.

ACNC Assistant Commissioner General Counsel, Murray Baird, said the new template rules were developed to address a need in the Not for Profit sector.

“Clear documents or ‘rules’ not only assist good governance in a charity but also assist with registration as a charity with ACNC,” Baird said.

“However, we found that there were a significant number of small unincorporated organisations applying to be registered with us that we’re having difficulty providing documents to establish the requirements for charity registration.”

Baird said the ACNC had received a number of requests for template governing rules, often from small unincorporated charitable organisations with limited assets and run predominantly by volunteers.

“To address this issue we developed these templates rules for organisations to use for developing their own rules,” he said.

“The rules provide a starting point for organisations which they can adapt to suit their own needs and circumstances.

“Until now, an easy-to-use set of rules that meets ACNC and legal requirements has not been available.”

Baird said the new template rules were developed in consultation with the sector.

“These template rules were developed after consultation with a number of government agencies, including state and territory consumer affairs bodies and a number of professional advisors,” he said.

He said the rules would also help charities with good governance.

“These rules will help give some certainty about how charities are run and set out procedures that everyone involved can rely on,” he said.

Juanita Pope, Director of Not-for-profit Law at Justice Connect, which contributed to the development of the rules, said the new rules would ease the burden on small charities.

“Small member-based organisations seeking ACNC charity registration can access the template rules free-of-charge, which means they can spend more of their limited resources and time on achieving their mission,” Pope said.

“Justice Connect Not-for-profit Law is delighted to have the opportunity to work with the ACNC to provide this resource for small unincorporated Not for Profit organisations who are seeking charity registration. Our collaboration on this project demonstrates the productive way the ACNC works with sector-based organisations to support good governance and regulatory compliance by charities.

“The template highlights the clauses that will assist the organisation to meet ACNC registration requirements and will make the registration process easier for all involved.”

The templates rules and factsheet can be found here.


Xavier Smerdon  |  Journalist  |  @XavierSmerdon

Xavier Smerdon is a journalist specialising in the Not for Profit sector. He writes breaking and investigative news articles.


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

Tags : ACNC, Murray Baird,

 Print

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

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



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Superficial Proxy Measures – the Economist’s Folly

David Crosbie

Thursday, 17th January 2019 at 7:50 am

Predictions for 2019: Charities

Dr Gary Johns

Monday, 14th January 2019 at 5:38 pm

Possible Backlash Caused by Planned Changes to Charities Act

Luke Michael

Friday, 14th December 2018 at 4:13 pm

POPULAR

Australia’s 2018 Human Rights Performance Slammed

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 9th January 2019 at 3:24 pm

Labor Shake-Up to Jobactive Celebrated by Sector

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 9th January 2019 at 5:09 pm

Review Reveals Significant Failures in Disability Service Provision

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 8th January 2019 at 4:52 pm

Campaign to Free Aboriginal Women Raises Almost $300K

Luke Michael

Monday, 14th January 2019 at 5:19 pm

Take Survey
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

The social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!