I Have My Charity Status: Now What?

Gaining charity registration is a huge step, but it is not the end of the road. Read on to find out more.

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Congratulations on achieving charity status for your organisation! It’s a significant accomplishment that opens doors to impactful opportunities. In this post, we’ll explore the next steps you should take without diving into the specific legal sections.


Navigating the Legal Landscape:

Your newly acquired charity status falls under the purview of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Act 2012. This Act serves as the foundation for the registration, obligations, and reporting requirements of charities in Australia.

Essential Steps to Take:

1 – Registration Process: Having successfully become a registered charity, it’s time to focus on the responsibilities that come with it. Ensure you understand and fulfill the commitments that accompany your newfound status.

2 – Maintaining Charity Status: Recognize that charity status is an ongoing commitment. To retain it, ensure compliance with the requirements outlined by the ACNC. Regularly update your information to stay in good standing.

3 – Annual Information Statements: Prepare for the Annual Information Statement, a comprehensive report covering your activities, finances, and governance. This document is crucial for demonstrating ongoing compliance and showcasing the positive impact of your charitable activities.

Promoting Transparency and Accountability:

Transparency builds trust. Consider making key information such as financial reports and governing documents publicly available. This not only fosters trust but can also attract donors and supporters.

Diversify Your Funding Sources:

Explore various avenues for funding your charitable activities. The Australian tax system offers certain concessions for eligible charities, so be sure to understand and leverage these opportunities.

Network and Collaborate:

Engage with other charities and organisations in your sector. Networking can provide valuable insights and may lead to collaborative efforts that amplify your impact.

Educate Your Stakeholders:

Ensure that your team, volunteers, and supporters are aware of their roles and responsibilities. Compliance with the ACNC Act and other relevant laws is crucial for maintaining a positive reputation.

Seek Professional Guidance:

Consider consulting professionals for legal and financial advice. This proactive approach can help navigate complex issues, ensure compliance, and strategically plan for the future.


Securing charity status is just the beginning of your journey. By understanding and embracing the legal framework set out by the ACNC Act, you can build a resilient and impactful charitable organisation.


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