1 March 2012
The Australian Council of Social Service welcomes the announcement today on the extension of time for the establishment of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.&nbsnbsp;
ACOSS has long championed the creation of a national regulator for charities and NFP organisations, and has praised the Government’s willingness to engage and involve the sector at every stage of the process.
“We remain strongly committed to this critical reform as a key mechanism to reduce the overly onerous burden of regulatory responsibilities and unnecessary duplication of reporting by community services,” said ACOSS CEO, Dr Cassandra Goldie.
“In particular, the capacity to report once for multiple use will significantly reduce the inefficiency of current systems and should improve service effectiveness.
“This reform is far too critical to be undermined by rushed implementation, or lack of time to ensure the sector is fully engaged with the new regulatory environment and its requirements.
“The extension of time is important to allow sector organisations to continue to work with the Government and the ACNC Implementation Taskforce.
“This will ensure that the national regulator is based on sound principles with an appropriate legislative basis and the support and engagement of the sector on which it is focused,” Dr Goldie said.
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