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Overview of the ACNC

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is the national regulator of charities. Learn more in this step.
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The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is the national regulator of charities. The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 (Cth) established the ACNC in December 2012.​

As of May 2022, there are approximately 600,000 not-for-profits in Australia.

Around 60,000 of these are registered charities. ​

The ACNC is responsible for those 60,000.

Diagram with main circle labelled 'Not-for-profit organisations'. A smaller circle within it is labelled 'Registered charities'.

Registration with the ACNC is voluntary. Some of the benefits of being a registered charity are:

  • Access to certain Commonwealth charity tax concessions such as income tax exemptions, goods and services tax concessions and, for some charities, Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) endorsement.
  • Other benefits and exemptions from Commonwealth and state governments.
  • The use of the ACNC’s Charity Tick of Registration on documents to show your charity is registered.
  • A free online presence on the ACNC Charity Register where the public, donors, and funding agencies find information about charities.
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