Australia - Two political narratives and one charity regulator caught in the middle

McGregor-Lowndes, Myles (2016) Australia - Two political narratives and one charity regulator caught in the middle. Chicago-Kent Law Review, 91(3), pp. 1021-1045.

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After two decades of debate a bout the regulation of the nonprofit sector, Australia established a national charity regulator in December 2012. The creation of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ("ACNC") had as one of its objectives to reduce red tape, and to increase clarity by enacting a statutory definition of charity. Less than two years later, a new government proposed to abolish the ACNC, also in the name of reducing red tape. There appears to be a paradox - or at least diametrically opposed views about red tape reduction and how it can be achieved. With the government nearly two-thirds through its current term, it is no closer to articulating the detail of an alternative to the ACNC that will be a reduction in red tape. This paper examines the paradoxical red tape views, the actual performance of ACNC red tape reduction and the proposed options for red tape and ACNC reform.

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ID Code: 98839
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Charity regulator, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, ACNC, red tape, non-profit
ISSN: 0009-3599
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Chicago-Kent College of Law
Deposited On: 15 Sep 2016 00:24
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2017 00:25

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