The national charity regulator is taking a more proactive approach to compliance, according to its latest annual report which reveals it addressed more public concerns about charities in the last year than ever before.
The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) tabled its 2016ÛÒ17 Annual Report on Friday, marking its fifth report to Parliament since the regulator was established in December 2012.
The report, which provides an account of the ACNC’s key activities over the past year and evaluates their success in meeting key performance criteria, showed ensuring registered charities were complying with the ACNC Act remained a strong focus in 2016ÛÒ17.
Acting ACNC commissioner David Locke said the commission was taking a “proactive” approach.
“This year the ACNC addressed more public concerns about charities than ever before. The ACNC is now also working proactively with a wide range of federal and state agencies to identify misconduct and mismanagement in the administration of charities,” Locke said.
“Our compliance work has changed from predominantly reacting to concerns, to proactively identifying risk and undertaking targeted investigations and enforcement action.
“In 2016ÛÒ17, we managed 18 per cent more compliance cases than we did the previous year and took more enforcement action. The registrations of 22 charities were revoked following compliance investigations ÛÒ more than double the number in 2015ÛÒ16.”
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