The ANAO’s audit of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission found that the watchdog has been largely effective in delivering its regulatory responsibilities and reducing red tape for charities.
But it said the ACNC has taken a “light touch” approach to assessing whether charities meet required governance standards, putting the onus on organisations to self-assess compliance and seek further information on the ACNC’s website.
The audit report said other than relying on an organisation’s signed declaration that it complied with all governance standards, it was not clear how the ACNC assessed compliance in this area.
The report recommended the ACNC improve the integrity of information on the Charity Register, and enhance its compliance framework to better build public trust and confidence in the sector.
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