Sunday, 21 April 2024
    Trust is currency: New ACNC commissioner

    Trust is currency: New ACNC commissioner

    "I would like to thank everyone from across the sector, their professional advisers, and the ACNC team for a warm welcome to my role as ACNC Commissioner," new commissioner Sue Woodward writes.

    "The charity sector is one I am known for being passionate about. Throughout my career, I have focused on legal and regulatory issues of importance to the sector including advocating for the establishment of a specialist charities regulator (now the ACNC) and less red tape.

    "I am also well known for championing education and support for those involved in running charities so they can understand their obligations. Working to support compliance and education aligns with the ACNC’s approach as a regulator. With this background, I can honestly say I feel privileged to lead this organisation - one that aligns strongly with both my professional experience and personal values.

    "Perhaps because of my earlier academic background, I am a fan of the ACNC’s rich data resources. After many years of reporting by charities, the ACNC’s data confirms the significant economic value charities add to our economy. With our data we can also look at trends across volunteer numbers, charity size, purpose, activities, and locations. In May we plan to publish our ninth Australian Charities Report as part of our commitment to reporting information back to the sector, government, and the public.

    "As people working in charities, you will know better than anyone that it’s not just about economic value and interesting data. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw charities come to the fore of delivering services and keeping people connected even when they were physically isolated. From community health services working with vulnerable people on testing and vaccinations to domestic violence services adapting how they could respond to greater demand with their home-based workforce – charities innovated to keep us safe and supported.

    "As I think about the months ahead, I look forward to meeting with stakeholders in the sector and government, including state and territory regulators. I am eager to continue the work of the ACNC to cement its place as a world-class regulator that is respected by the sector and the public alike – and contributes to inspiring trust in the charities that enhance the social fabric of our society," Ms Woodward concluded.


    Trust is currency (ACNC)


    ACNC Commissioner Sue Woodward AM