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A snapshot: the ACNC’s first 250 registered charities

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission has conducted an analysis of the first 250 charities registered since it was established late last year.

More than half of the registrations are brand new organisations that have been established for less than a year. However, a significant number have operated for much longer – the oldest since 1833 – but have only just nominated to register as charities.

The most common charitable purpose among the newly-established charities was education, which is consistent with the charity sector in general, followed by relief of poverty and then the advancement of religion. Charities’ activities most commonly focus on education and social and community welfare.

Acknowledging that this is a relatively small sample given Australia,’s huge not-for-profit sector, the ACNC has taken the opportunity to provide a snapshot of what kind of new charities are registering, where they operate and who they benefit.

The ACNC plans to publish regular snapshots of newly registered charities, showcasing the breadth and depth of the Australian charity sector. Over time we will be able to identify trends and more detailed analysis that can inform the public, the not-for-profit sector and governments.

An interactive map of the newly registered charities is available to view. Click the icons on the map to see information about each newly-registered charity.

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