Setting the record straight

Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Dr Gary Johns explains the purpose of the ACNC’s exploration of the act’s second object.

Our Measures in Support of the Not-for-Profit Sector report has been the catalyst for a great deal of discussion within the sector since it was published in late 2018. We welcome this discussion and have found it very helpful.

I also note that some concerns have been expressed – specifically that the ACNC should be focusing its attention internally in relation to the second object, rather than externally.

Our aim is to illuminate and clarify how we could measure the degree to which the charity sector exhibits each of these attributes.

It really is as simple as that.

Over the past month I have been exploring two questions with charities, academics, researchers and professional advisors:

  • How can we assess the extent to which the charity sector is robust, vibrant, independent and innovative?
  • What information could the ACNC publish to assist in this assessment?

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