Government response to ACNC review ‘coming soon’

The sector could have to wait until next year for a response to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission review, says the assistant minister for charities.  Zed Seselja said he was currently working through the response to the ACNC review, meeting with charities, peak bodies and the ACNC advisory board to “fundamentally get it right”.  He stressed the federal government wanted to work with the sector to make sure it’s as effective as possible, and said the response was “coming soon”.

“If not later on this year, then certainly early next year,” Seselja said.

It has already been more than a year since the final report from the mandated five-year review of the ACNC’s legislation was tabled in Parliament in August 2018.  It made 30 recommendations aimed at finding “a balance between supporting the sector, reducing red tape, enhancing accountability and addressing misconduct”.

Assistant Minister Seselja said he wanted to prioritise cutting red tape for the charity sector, as well as strengthening and building confidence in the regulator.

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