Useful links

This page lists organisations and resources which may help charities.

We will review and add useful links over time. If you have a suggestion for an organisation or website that would be useful to add to this list, please contact us. Please note that we prefer to link to free resources.

On this page:

Government departments and agencies

Attention:You need to know! To find all federal, state and territory department and agencies regulating charities, see the List of regulators that may affect charities.

Australian Business Register
The Australian government’s business registration and reporting website, where you can apply for an Australian Business Number (ABN) or search ABN Lookup, the database of all ABNs.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Information, tools and online services for companies considering registering with or already registered with ASIC.

Australian Taxation Office
The national revenue collection agency. Hosts the ATO Non-profit portal with guidance on starting and managing a not-for-profit, including taxation issues and complying with ongoing ATO requirements.
The Commonwealth Government's website for business owners, providing information, forms, business planning templates and guides and free business planning apps.

Safe Work Australia
Safe Work Australia leads the development of national policy on work health and safety and workers’ compensation. Site provides information, codes of practice and guidance such as the volunteer resource kit.

South Australian Consumer and Business Services – Community Organisations, Cooperatives and Charities
Guidance and links for incorporated associations and charities in South Australia.

Victorian Government Health and Human Services - guidance for not-for-profit organisations.
Practical guidance on starting and managing a not-for-profit in Victoria.

Western Australian Department of Commerce – Not for profit
Guidance and forms for incorporated associations, charities and cooperatives in Western Australia, including Inc.: A Guide for Incorporated Associations in Western Australia.

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Not-for-profit organisations

Community Council for Australia
A member-based advocacy organisation of not-for-profits.

Community Door
Information and tools for managing a not-for-profit community organisation in Queensland (site managed by the Queensland Council of Social Services).

Connecting Up
A networking and resources hub for not-for-profits in Australia and New Zealand.

Philanthropy Australia
The national peak body for the philanthropic sector, providing advocacy, information and services. Publishes A Guide to Giving for Australians and other resources for philanthropists.

Volunteering Australia
The national peak body for representing volunteering interests, providing advocacy and resources for volunteers and organisations engaging volunteers. Provides volunteering resources, policy and best practice documents and hosts the Go Volunteer volunteer position database.

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Professional advice and services

Not-for-profit Law (Justice Connect)
A community legal centre offering legal advice, training and information for not-for-profits in New South Wales and Victoria.

Australian Institute for Corporate Responsibility
An alliance of professional advisers providing guidance for businesses engaged in socially responsible projects and not-for-profit partnerships (site managed by the Our Community Foundation).

Australian Institute of Company Directors
A member-based organisation of company directors providing advocacy, education and guidance on governance, including on not-for-profit governance.

Governance Institute of Australia
A professional association of chartered secretaries, governance advisers and risk managers providing education and resources, including on not-for-profit governance.

Institute of Community Directors Australia
A governance network for not-for-profit boards, committees, councils and senior staff, providing information, tools and education (site managed by the Our Community Foundation).

CPA Australia
A member-based organisation of finance, accounting and business professionals, providing education, advocacy and resources on accounting and financial reporting.

Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
An association of accounting and business professionals providing education and advocacy for its members.

Fundraising Institute of Australia
The national peak body of fundraisers, providing advocacy, networking and resources for professional fundraisers including the Principles & Standards of Fundraising Practice.

National Pro Bono Resource Centre
An independent organisation supporting pro bono legal services in Australia. Its state directories list potential sources of pro bono legal advice in each state and territory.

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Other organisations

Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
An academic research centre at the Queensland University of Technology focused on philanthropy, not-for-profits and the social economy. Hosts the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies Wiki, Developing Your Organisation Wiki for community organisations in Queensland and Developing Your Board Wiki with guidance, research and evaluation tools related to not-for-profit board governance

The Centre for Social Impact
A collaborative academic research centre focused on improving the delivery of beneficial social impact in Australia. The Centre for Social Impact at The University of New South Wales is partnering with the ACNC to develop the 2014 Australian Charities Report.

A directory of causes and not-for-profits seeking volunteers and donations (site managed by the Our Community Foundation).

Our Community
A social enterprise providing advice, resources, tools and training for not-for-profits.

Pro Bono Australia
Daily news, directories and advertising for the not-for-profit sector.

Third Sector Magazine

A periodical for the not-for-profit sector covering news, governance, advocacy, membership, leadership and fundraising.

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Attention - Important information!This page contains links to external websites. Any external links used by the ACNC are inserted for convenience and do not constitute an endorsement or recommendation of any material at those sites. Information and resources provided by the ACNC is for general information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice regarding your charity's particular circumstances.