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How to Become an ACNC Registered Charity

Learn the requirements to successfully register your charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

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Register right the first time.

Presented by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), this two-week course gives detailed guidance on registering your charity right the first time.

If you’re thinking of starting a charity, want to find out more about the legal requirements of doing so, or need to adjust your current registration, you’ll find this course invaluable.

Learn the key requirements for becoming a registered charity

On this course, you’ll get a detailed look at all the requirements a charity needs to meet to qualify for ACNC registration, as well as common issues that could prevent registration.

You’ll also learn about the 14 charity subtypes so you can assess which best fit your organisation, improving your chances of a successful registration application even more.

You’ll get the chance to examine the legal requirements for governing documents and experiment with model templates.

Being registered as a charity means access to tax concessions and benefits. You’ll be able to investigate tax concessions and other benefits that your organisation might be entitled to.

Learn about the ACNC from the ACNC

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is the national regulator of charities. They register and regulate Australia’s many charities and help charities understand and meet their obligations through information, advice, and guidance. They also help the public understand the work of the not-for-profit sector and provide a free searchable register of Australian registered charities. 

Their staff are experts in their fields and up-to-date with current and emerging trends in charity law and the charity sector.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Features of registered charities

    • What is a charity?

      What features make an organisation a charity?

    • Issues that would prevent charity registration

      There are big ticket items that will prevent an organisation from registering as a charity. Learn what they are.

    • Charity subtypes

      Charity subtypes describe the types of activities your organisation does and determine the tax concessions and other benefits it may be entitled to. Getting your charity's subtype right is crucial.

  • Week 2

    Tax concessions and other benefits, plus governing documents

    • Tax concessions and other benefits

      Find out what tax concessions and other benefits your charity may be entitled to when it is registered.

    • Governing document and registration application checklist

      Create your charity's governing document and use the Registration Application - Checklist to submit your application right the first time.

    • Next steps

      Want to continue learning but not sure where to turn? Want to get a Certificate for completing this course? This section shows you how.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the key requirements an organisation must meet to become a registered charity with the ACNC
  • Describe common issues that would prevent charity registration
  • Explore the 14 charity subtypes and assess which best fit your organisation
  • Investigate tax concessions and other benefits which your organisation might be entitled to
  • Identify the legal requirements for governing documents and experiment with model templates for governing documents
  • Reflect on the registration application checklist and evaluate if their application is ready to be submitted

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone trying to register their charity for the first time, and for anyone with a registered charity that has changed direction and needs to update its official documents.

Who will you learn with?

Rachel Gear is the ACNC's Instructional Designer and Lead Educator for the eLearning Program. She's committed to designing and teaching accessible and relevant professional development for adults.

Rachel Smith is the Director of Advice Services, Education and Public Affairs, and is the Director behind the ACNC’s eLearning program. She’s been with the ACNC since it started.

Who developed the course?

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is the national regulator of charities. We register and regulate Australia’s many charities. We help charities understand and meet their obligations through information, advice and guidance. We help the public understand the work of the charity sector and provide a free searchable register of Australian registered charities.

  • Established

    2012
  • Location

    Melbourne, Victoria
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