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ACNC Registered Charities

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is the national regulator of charities in Australia.

Since 3 December 2012, charities wanting to access Commonwealth charity tax concessions (and other benefits), need to register with the ACNC. Although many charities choose to register, registration with the ACNC is voluntary.

The ACNC maintains a register (known as the Charity Register), which contains information about registered charities.

A user-friendly way to search the Charity Register, particularly for information on individual charities or to search by particular locations or activity types is via the ['Find a Charity' page] (http://acnc.gov.au/findacharity):

Some information on the Register is only available on the ‘Find a Charity’ page. This includes:

  • Entity type
  • When charitable purposes applied or ceased to apply
  • Registration status
  • Whether the charity is a basic religious entity
  • The names of the people responsible for directing the charity.
  • Annual information statement data
  • Annual financial reports
  • Governing documents
  • Enforcement outcomes (such as warnings or directions)

For researchers and others interested in using the Charity Register data to look at multiple charities, or for data analysis, the dataset published on this data.gov.au page is the most effective way to download the information. The information included in the downloadable dataset is:

  • Legal name
  • Other names (such as trading names)
  • Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Contact details
  • Date established
  • Who the charity helps (beneficiaries)
  • Size of the charity (small, medium or large)
  • Financial year end
  • States, territories or countries where the charity operates
  • Charitable purpose(s)
  • When the charity was registered with the ACNC

In some situations, charities can apply to have some or all of their information withheld from the Charity Register. If the ACNC has approved for the information to be withheld, it won’t appear on the Charity Register, or in this dataset.

Each year, charities also lodge Annual Information Statements with the ACNC. These record further information about charities’ purposes, activities and operations for the year, and appear on the webpage version of the Register. The 2013 Annual Information Statement data is available on data.gov.au as a downloadable dataset [here] (https://data.gov.au/dataset/acnc-2013ais). There will also be additional financial questions for some charities in the 2014 Annual Information Statement.

The ACNC also publishes other datatsets on data.gov.au, as part of our commitment to open data and transparent regulation. Please click [here] (http://www.data.gov.au/dataset?q=acnc) to view these.

The ACNC maintains a network of researchers who are interested in the sector, and hold regular teleconferences. If you're interested in becoming involved in the Research network, please [email us] (research@acnc.gov.au).

The full ACNC register can be searched [here] (http://acnc.gov.au/findacharity).

PLEASE NOTE: It is possible that some information in this dataset might be subject to a future request by the charity to have their information withheld, but will still appear in the dataset until the next update. Please consider this risk when using this dataset.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Title ACNC Registered Charities
Type Dataset
Language English
Licence Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia
Data Status active
Update Frequency weekly
Landing Page http://data.gov.au/dataset/b050b242-4487-4306-abf5-07ca073e5594
Date Published 2014-02-20
Date Updated 2016-10-17
Contact Point
Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
Temporal Coverage Current
Geospatial Coverage Whole of Australia
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Data Portal data.gov.au
Publisher/Agency Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
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