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#CBAAConf: Should your station register as a charity?

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 25th November 2016
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Should your station register as a charity? The short answer is, yes.

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Comission (ACNC) works to improve public understanding of charities and the not-for-profit sector. They aim to support charities through advice and education, using regulatory powers where necessary.

There are roughly 600 000 not-for-profit organisations in Australia but only 54 000 are registered as charities.

The benefits of registering as a charity are:
  • Credibility
  • Access to charity tax concessions and other benefits
  • Visibility, as you will be listed on the national ACNC Charity Register
  • Use of the ACNC online charity portal for ease of updating your station's details
  • Timely advice, guidance and education
  • Over time the reduction of red tape - the ACNC is working with many states to reduce double reporting issues (see if there have been changes to double reporting legislation in your state)
How to be eligible:
  • You must be a not-for-profit organisation
  • You must have a charitable purpose
  • You must benefit the public
  • Have an ABN
  • Meet the ACNC governance standards (need some help with governance?)
  • Serve your community
Things you cannot do:
  • Engage in promoting activites that are unlawful
  • Promote or oppose a political party or a candidate
  • Not benefit a sufficient section of the public
  • Have a non-charitable purpose
Obligations
  • Tell ACNC if you change your name, address, governing body etc - you can do this through their online portal
  • Manage and report conflicts of interest
  • Keep your records
  • Do not operate if you are insolvent
  • Do not assume that if you are a not-for-profit that you don’t have to look at your tax

You can easily register online with the ACNC to become a charity or read more about what is involved in the process.

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