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Australian not-for-profits: Commission shouldn’t be granted extra power | The Transcontinental



Australia has some 600,000 not-for-profit organisations, most with a board, so at least 3 million board members.

It’s statistically highly improbable that any group of 3 million people is going to be entirely free of chancers, cheats, and unsavoury characters, so you’d think the body assigned the task of overseeing Australian not-for-profits would have enough on its hands to keep it busy.

The government doesn’t seem to think so.

Federal assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar is proposing to give the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) a much wider range of powers.

Under its proposal, the ACNC would be able to deregister an organisation if it “reasonably believes” its members are likely to commit a summary offence…

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