Barry Leddicoat

Queensland charities named and shamed

HUNDREDS of Queensland non-profit groups have been threatened with fines after failing to file annual returns with the charity watchdog.

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission yesterday named and shamed 339 groups around the state which have not submitted annual information statements for 2016.

It means almost one in 20 of all Queensland's 7670 charities have not met their legal obligations.

Acting Commissioner David Locke warned the organisations that they face being slapped with fines of up to $5,250 - or even being stripped of their charitable status - if they don't put things right.


"Our aim is to continue to be fair, yet firm, when it comes to charities that fail to meet their obligations," he said.

"Issuing financial penalties to charities is not something we take lightly.

"In addition to significant financial penalties, these charities risk revocation of charity status," Mr Locke said.

That would mean "these organisations would no longer be able to display the ACNC's registered charity tick and they would be stripped of generous Commonwealth charity tax concessions''.

Many of the non-compliant groups are churches or church-related charities.

They include six groups under the umbrella of the Anglican Church Brisbane and Rockhampton dioceses.

An Anglican Church spokesman said the errors were administrative oversights which occurred as a result of the Brisbane and Rockhampton dioceses (combined) filing more than 200 such documents to the ACNC each year.

"It happens from time to time and we are grateful to the ACNC for allowing us the opportunity to revisit the paperwork."

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