The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has called on the federal government to abandon its ideological opposition to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).
Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon said: “Rather than abolishing the ACNC, the government would be well-advised to listen to the voices of the charitable and not-for-profit sector.
“The ACNC has built excellent relationships with the community sector in an effort to move towards a more supportive and less burdensome regulatory system. We are astonished to see the government showing such strident opposition to the very sensible role of the ACNC.”
National President, Mr Anthony Thornton, added: “We are also deeply concerned by the government’s refusal to commit to funding certainty in the areas of homelessness, affordable housing, emergency relief and financial counselling.
“Charities play a vital role in a robust civil society, but we should never be seen as an excuse for government to pull back from its responsibilities or to cut social expenditure.”