EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract
This report presents analysis of the ways Australia’s charities were growing and changing between 2014 and 2016. It uses the Annual Information Statements (AISs) provided by charities to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) for the 2014 and 2016 reporting periods, thus providing an analysis of charities over three years. The characteristics and activities of 45,455 Australian charities were available from their 2014 and 2016 AISs. Financial information was available for both years for 31,794 charities.
[It] follows a series of reports that profile Australia’s charities, using data reported by charities to the ACNC. Information from the Charity Register, AISs and other administrative data collected by the ACNC provides an unprecedented opportunity to learn about the characteristics of Australia’s charities and to monitor the way they are changing over time. This report uses the data to promote understanding of the various dynamics of growth and change shaping Australia’s charities. This data may be used as the basis for strengthening policy and regulatory approaches.
Information comes from the vastest body of administrative data that has ever existed about Australia’s charities, which will continue to grow in coming years. It complements other studies, which suggest trends of growth and change in charities’ funding and operational environment but did not show how these are borne out in terms of charity finances, activities, staffing and other characteristics. While previous studies have examined changing levels and practices of charitable giving these have either relied on a sample survey or have not provided a national picture (e.g., McGregor-Lowndes et al. 2017), which the ACNC data allows. The ACNC data also allows more granular distinctions to be made among different kinds of charities, building in-depth knowledge to inform evidence-based regulation.
SOURCE: Ramia, I, Powell, A, Cortis, N and Marjolin, A (2018) “Growth and change in Australia’s charities: 2014 to 2016.” Centre for Social Impact and Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia [Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission website viewed 31 May 2018]
Produced by the librarians at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne, Australia