Senate Committee reports on ACNC closure bill

The Senate Economics Legislation Committee report into the Federal government’s planned closure of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission has recommended that the legislation to implement these plans be passed.

“The committee has considered the evidence and formed the view that the abolition of the ACNC would, as intended, relieve the regulatory burden from many charities. Furthermore, it fully endorses the establishment of a National Centre of Excellence as an advocate for the sector and a leader in innovation and as a means of providing education, training and development opportunities.”

The ACNC Advisory Board Chairman, Robert Fitzgerald AM replied “Unfortunately, the majority report repeatedly refers to the proposed not-for-profit sector National Centre of Excellence (NCE) as a successor component to the ACNC. However, the consultation on the NCE explicitly says the issues related to the abolition of the ACNC are out of scope. Further, the proposed NCE has not been promoted as a regulator,”

Mr Fitzgerald said despite 80 per cent of submissions received by the Senate Committee not being in favour of the ACNC’s abolition, the majority report has recommended the ACNC Act be repealed. This recommendation was saying the Australian community had no right to information about a sector that receives substantial tax concessions and benefits every year, he said.

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