On 17 December 2012, the government released a consultation paper on draft governance standards for charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) (“the consultation paper”). The Society’s member states and National Council have consulted, and the Society welcomes the opportunity to contribute this submission on the consultation paper. The Society has previously provided submissions on related issues.

The Society generally supports the standards, and the principle of consistent governance rules for all not-for-profit entities. We also support the use of broad language in the standards, which sets up objects to be achieved while allowing each charity to adhere to the standards in its own way. We believe that the Society is already complying with most of the standards, and will be able to comply with all of the standards in due course.