The ACNC has released itâ€™s Good Governance Guide. The Assistant Commissioner, David Locke launched it with these comments;
â€œThe ACNC is committed to supporting and sustaining a robust, vibrant, independent and innovative Australian not-for-profit sector â€“ this is one of three Objects of the ACNC Act. To achieve this goal, the ACNC provides education, guidance, advice and support to the sector, both online, and face to face. Since our establishment on 3 December 2012, we have received 10,000 phone calls, held information sessions across Australia including regional areas for more than 3,000 people and have welcomed over 72,000 unique visitors to our website.â€
The guide has been written specifically for charity board members and focuses on good governance – the cornerstone of effectively run charities.
The guide includes information on:
- Governance and governing your charity
- Governing documents
- Overseeing a charityâ€™s finances
- Common questions for boards
- Duties and responsibilities of board members
- Obligations to the ACNC
- Helpful resources for charities
â€œThe purpose of the guide is to give new and existing board members information to help them meet the core minimum governance requirements,â€ Mr Locke said. The guide will be updated to include the Governance and external conduct standards, expected to be introduced from 1 July 2013.
The guide can be downloaded here http://www.acnc.gov.au/ACNC/manage/tools/ACNC/edu/tools/GFG/GFG_Intro.aspx