Summary - The Government has released revised
Commonwealth Grant Guidelines for the Not-For-Profit sector in an
attempt to reduce red tape and improve collaboration between
Government and the Not-For-Profit sector.
Grants are widely used by the Government to achieve government
policy objectives, involving the payment of billions of dollars
each year to the non-government sector. The Commonwealth Grant
Guidelines are issued by the Finance Minister under Section 64
of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997
and Regulation 7A of the Financial Management and
Accountability Regulations 1997. They establish the
government's policy framework under which government agencies
undertake their own grants administration activities.
The stated intention for the revision is the reduction of red
tape and to improve collaboration between government and the
In order to reduce time and duplication, the revised Guidelines
agency staff not seek information from grant applicants and
recipients that is available elsewhere in government and available
to agency staff;
agency staff have regard to information already collected by
regulators and in particular agency staff must not request
information which has already been provided to the Australian
Charities and Not-For-profits Commission (ACNC) by
organisations regulated by that body.
The new Guidelines further support the ACNC's implementation
of a 'report-once, use-often' reporting framework, which is
based around a Charity Passport which is a collection of data that
charities will report once to the ACNC to meet the baseline
corporate and financial reporting requirements of Australian
If implemented correctly the revised guidelines will mean that
Australian charities do not have to provide the same information
over and over again to Government.
The revised Guidelines will take effect from 1 June 2013 however
agency staff may adopt some or all of the requirements in the
updated Guidelines as soon as possible
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