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Red tape for NSW charities slashed following new deal

A new agreement between the NSW Fair Trading and the ACNC will see the red tape burden ease for NSW-based charities

Charities operating in New South Wales will see the red tape burden cut following a new agreement between NSW Fair Trading and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

The new agreement will reduce the administrative burden by scrapping the duplication of reporting requirements, allowing charities and NFPs to focus on their core functions. These amendments will also apply to incorporated associations who are registered charities.

The ACNC Commissioner, Dr Gary Johns, said this was a big win for registered charities that are incorporated as associations in NSW.

“These charities will no longer need to spend considerable resources meeting duplicative reporting requirements. Instead, they can spend more time and energy on delivering services and support to the people of NSW,” Johns said.

The new reporting arrangements will bring NSW based charities and not-for-profits into line with already existing arrangements in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.

“These arrangements take commitment from both sides and I am very pleased that NSW, our largest state in terms of number of registered charities, has come on board.

“Most Australian registered charities now have streamlined reporting arrangements, and I hope to be able to make further announcements in the coming months,” Johns said.

NSW Fair Trading Commissioner, Rose Webb, said this is a positive change for about 4,000 charities around the State.

“These associations have been spending extra time and money filling out the same forms twice. This new ‘report once’ system will see a reduction in unnecessary regulatory obligations on the charity sector,” said Webb.

This marks the beginning of a new secure data sharing arrangement between NSW and the ACNC, and the NSW Privacy Commissioner has been consulted regarding the privacy and data protection safeguards in the agreement.

The new agreement will come into effect from the 1 October 2018.

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