400 charities kicked off national register

ALMOST 400 small organisations around Australia have had their charity status revoked by the national regulator after a review of the charity register.

The review put out the call to charities nationwide to confirm their ongoing operations and led to 392 charities losing their status on Tuesday.

Many of the groups, including 65 in Queensland, were small defunct charities and local associations that were no longer operating.

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commissioner Susan Pascoe said groups that lost their status did not get in contact or respond to "multiple letters" since the regulator was created.

"We believe these charities are no longer in operation, hence we are revoking their charity status," she said.

"The ACNC is committed to providing the Australian public with a charity register that is credible, accurate and up to date, and this exercise is a key part of that process."

Ms Pascoe also warned those charities still operating that they had to lodge an "information statement" every year and those who failed to do so in two consecutive years faced losing their status.

 


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