Streamlining regulation for charities snapshot

Incorporated associations and charitable collection licence holders will see changes from 1 July 2017, resulting from amendments to the Associations Incorporation Act 1991 and the Charitable Collections Act 2003. Further information can be found in the charts below.

Change to Associations Incorporation Act

How does it affect associations

Notice of changes in committee – exemption for associations registered with the ACNC Associations registered with the ACNC are no longer required to notify Access Canberra of a change of committee member. Register of members – new section   

Associations are no longer required to publish where register is available for inspection in their annual return.
Registered office – exemption for associations registered with the ACNC Associations registered with the ACNC are no longer required to notify Access Canberra of details of their registered office or any changes to its location or opening hours.
Registered office – exemption for associations registered with the ACNCAssociations registered with the ACNC are no longer required to notify Access Canberra of details of their registered office or any changes to its location or opening hours.
Information-sharing between ACT and ACNC – new provisionNo impact on associations.  This enables the ACNC and ACT to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding for the sharing of information on ACT charities.
Accounts, Audit and Financial Returns - exemption for associations registered with the ACNCAssociations registered with the ACNC are no longer required to provide annual financial statements to Access Canberra and are exempt from the requirements of Part V of the Act.
Service of documents – new sectionThis enables Access Canberra to use the same address for service as the ACNC so that charities only have to notify ACNC of any changes.
Change to Charitable Collections ActHow does it affect charitable collection licence holders
Unlawfully conducting collections – exemption for ACNC charitiesCharities registered with the ACNC will no longer require a licence under the ACT to legally undertake charitable collections in the ACT.

This means that ACNC charities are no longer required to meet the conditions of the licence, which includes reporting to the ACT regulator on their charitable collections.
Unlawfully taking part in collections – exemption for ACNC charities People participating in charitable collections for an ACNC charity will be legally taking part in a collection if they are authorised by an ACNC charity.