Introduction: The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) held the forum Measuring and Reducing Red Tape in the Not-for-profit Sector on Wednesday 4 December 2013 at the Australian National University. This report is a summary of the forum and the red tape reduction recommendations arising from it. It incorporates contributions made by participants during and after the forum through comments, workbook and survey responses, and incorporates notes taken by ACNC staff.
The style of this report reflects the participatory nature of the forum. It has been informed by the wealth of knowledge and experience in the sector and across government – the solutions do exist, and were well articulated. The forum provided an opportunity for these solutions to be openly discussed and this report allows them to be widely shared. As such, the solutions are presented largely through direct quotes from participants. The red tape reduction recommendations contained in this report were strongly supported by participants at the forum.
The Report is also prepared within the context of the Government’s comprehensive deregulation agenda being implemented across Commonwealth departments and agencies and the proposed National Centre for Excellence for Civil society. The ACNC has been working with relevant deregulation units to ensure that the work done to date to reduce or remove unnecessarily burdensome regulatory, reporting and administrative requirements is taken forward.