The data in this report comes from Australian charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) at the end of each charity's 2016 financial year. The report uses the best and most recent data available for each charity. In most cases, data came from Annual Information Statements (AIS) provided for 2016, or from a 2015, 2014 or 2013 AIS where 2016 data was unavailable. Where no AIS data was available, information was used from the ACNC Register. Where financial information was not reported by charities it was estimated, to help build a complete picture of the charity sector.
The Australian Charities Report 2016 attests to the diversity of Australia’s charities, and their significant social, economic and cultural contribution to Australia and overseas.