Throughout the year we assist clients with their corporate governance and regulatory compliance. The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has imposed new obligations on charities, in some cases in addition to existing reporting obligations. We often find that charities are not up to date with their ACNC lodgements. If you work for a charity, it is recommended you check your organisation is up to date with lodgements. You can do this by following these steps:
- Go to https://www.acnc.gov.au/charity and search for your charity.
- Click on your Charity’s link which will take you to the publically available page for
- Click on the “Financials & Documents”, which will bring up a list of documents and due dates for you to review.
- Scroll down the “Financials & Documents” page to review your listed documents – check the copy of the Governing Document uploaded is the most recent version of your Constitution.
You should also check that the “responsible persons” for your organisation are correct. To do this, follow the steps above but click on the “People” table at step 3. Responsible Persons are the board or committee members.
Generally, changes have to be made as soon as possible but no later than 28 days for medium and large charities and 60 days for small charities.
You can use your charities ACNC Portal log in details to update records. Generally, ACNC compliance should be the responsibility of the Company Secretary or your Public Officer. Griffin Legal also offers company secretarial services. For assistance with your charity or regulatory compliance, contact our office.