After two decades of debate about 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.
Australia – Two Political Narratives and One Charity Regulator Caught in the Middle,
Chi.-Kent L. Rev.
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