The future of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) is uncertain.
According to Pro Bono Australia, the Federal Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews outlined the plans at the Disability Services CEO Conference and in Parliament yesterday.
Here are some extracts of what he said:
“ …[T]he Government has committed to abolishing the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, with repeal legislation to be introduced into Parliament next year.” (emphasis added)
“The government has committed to consulting with the sector on abolishing the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and establishing a centre for excellence and a possible national register of charities.” (emphasis added)
The Government intends to, “delay the commencement of the Charities Act 2013 [statutory definition of Charity] by nine months from 1 January 2014 to 1 September 2014.”
In a story on Today Tonight (16 December 2013) Minister Kevin Andrew’s is reported as saying:
Minister Andrews says he’ll try to abolish the charities commission with legislation due to hit the senate early next year.
“If there are good things out of what you’ve done so far [the ACNC], then we’re prepared to look at how we can keep them.”
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