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Staff data for all charities


47,697 552,002 490,010 506,960 1,548,972 3,608,427 1/2.33


Gov Funding by of Charities by Party

Gov Funding by of Main Activity

ACNC legislation allows charities the option to report in groups, aggregating their finances as one entity. The combined revenue of group reporters is worth approximately 25% of all charity revenue. When multiple charities across multiple jurisdictions report as one entity, it obscures the way government and private funds are spent geographically and what it is spent on. Group members have been matched back to their federal electorates via postcode and listed below however only the aggregate finances for the entire group are available to the public. Click on the Group Name to see finances for the entire group and to list all members in all jurisdictions. Users can also check grants or tenders to each group member individually by clicking the buttons below.

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Over 47 thousand charities must report to the Australian Charities & Not-for-profit Commission each year. However the financial information they are required to provide varies radically depending on their size and whether reports as a 'Group Reporter' or self-assesses as a 'Basic Religious Charity'.

Group Reporters

Group reporting is where a number of charities aggregate their finances and report as a single entity. 16% of charity revenue is reported in this manner and this revenue can not be analysed by organisation or location.

Basic Relgious Charities

As the term suggests, the Basic Religious Charity reporting exception only applies to religious charities and allows religious charities to except themselves from providing financial information to the charity regulator and also from the governance standards required by secular charities.

The Basic Religious Charity reporting loophole was not originally intended to be a part of the legislation administered by the ACNC (which was founded by the outgoing Labor government in 2012). Religious leaders, in particular, the Catholic Church, lobbied for the introduction of this status. Despite the incorrect usage of this loophole being a well-identified problem (Submission to the Review of ACNC legislation) and the 5 year review (p13) of the legislation handed down last year recommending its removal, the Treasurer opted to retain the loophole.

Overview

Charities are often thought of as small, under-funded organisations. While this is true for a number, religious charities operate as large networks and organise their finances centrally to a greater or lesser extent. This impacts on the level of transparency government and the public can have over their financial operations. It is worth considering that the charity sector is extraordinarily large due to the diversity of types of organisation that can register for tax concessions as registered charities.

This includes not only universities (which receive billions in HECS annually), but private hospitals, schools, aged care facilities, employment service providers and op shops- all of which have large turnover and receive significants amounts in government funding or, in the example of op shops the use of unpaid labour from income support recipients as 'mutual obligations'.