ACNC: ‘Public Benevolent Institutions’

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commissioner has released a draft Commissioner’s Interpretation Statement: Public Benevolent Institutions for comment.

The Commissioner’s Interpretation Statements reflect the ACNC’s current understanding of the law on charity and are binding on ACNC staff. When finalised, the purpose of this statement is to provide guidance on the ACNC’s view on the meaning and scope of the charity sub-type of ‘public benevolent institution’ for ACNC purposes.

The draft Interpretation Statement can be found here. Appendix A to the statement contains a set of scenarios illustrating how the ACNC will apply the Interpretation Statement in practice.

Written comments on the draft statement are invited by COB 1 June 2016 by emailing

Post by John Kell 

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