The ACNC received 2323 ‘concerns’ about charities in 2018-19.

A third of these concerns were classified as outside the ACNe’s jurisdiction and the rest progressed to an assessment.

Areas of concern include:

TOP 5 SOURCES OF CHARITY CONCERNS 2017-2018 Total 2018-2019 Total
1. Other government agency referral 167 64
2. Members of the public 133 667
3. Responsible persons (current and prior) 78 116
4. Charity employees (current and prior) 61 137
5. Funding providers /donors / volunteers 60 89

These are categorised into 5 areas

TOP 5 TYPES OF CONCERNS – RISK CATEGORY 2017-2018 Total 2018-2019 Total
1. Private benefit 183 574
2. Poor governance 132 148
3. Criminal or improper purposes 116 387
4. Other 64 94
5. Harm to beneficiaries 44 52

The ACNC assesses these concerns, if the charity’s non-compliance is significant and its responsible persons are willing and able to correct matters, the ACNC response might involve only a complial1ce agreement or enforceable undertaking.

When the commission identifies that a charity is unwilling or unable to address serious wrongdoing, it uses regulatory powers.