As a health promotion charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) responded to the Commonwealth Government’s invitation to comment on its review of of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Consequential and Transitional) Act 2012.
FARE recommended that any reform of the ACNC legislation should be guided by principles that ensure a sustainable NFP sector. FARE developed four principles to guide the review of ACNC legislation, including:
- A continued focus on charitable purpose (or purposes) that is of public benefit.
- Advocacy in pursuit of a charitable purpose is seen as a legitimate activity.
- Governance and administration processes should be clear and efficient.
- Governance and administration must be beyond political interference.
FARE’s positions and comments on the Review of Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) legislation are informed by these principles.