Up until late last year, the Federal Government continued to be quite vocal in its disagreement to many of the charitable reforms and had been proposing a far less regulated approach to the “civil sector.” To this end, a bill to abolish the ACNC was introduced in Parliament in March 2014 and consultation began to scope a replacement Civil Society Centre for Excellence.
In late December 2014 Scott Morrison replaced Kevin Andrews as Social Services Minister. In a significant change of focus, in February Minister Morrison indicated to Fairfax media that he has “no immediate plans” to scrap the ACNC.
Uncertainty is still the order of the day, but for the moment at least, the ACNC is safe and registered charities should continue to comply with its requirements.
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