Two local charities in danger of being deregistered
TWO Northern Rivers charities have been warned their charity status will be revoked following a review by the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC).
Both Interchange Respite Care Incorporated in Lismore Heights and Mary of the Angelus Association Incorporated in Lismore have received the warning.
Close to two hundred charities nationally believed to be no longer operating have received the warnings.
The ACNC has issued a statement saying despite multiple attempts, they have not been able to reach the charities in almost three years of operation.
They said letters have been returned unopened, emails have bounced and phone numbers have been disconnected.
ACNC Commissioner Susan Pascoe AM said revocation was necessary in order to maintain the integrity of the Charity Register - a searchable, online database of Australia's registered charities.
"We have made multiple attempts over the years to contact these charities and we have now concluded that they are inactive or no longer operating," she said.
"We are continuously reviewing the data on the Charity Register, which is available free of charge at acnc.gov.au/findacharity, to ensure members of the public have access to accurate and up-to-date information.
"Members of the public expect that only charities that are active and compliant with their obligations remain registered with the ACNC.
"This group of charities must contact the ACNC before November 11, 2015 to maintain their registration."
The full list of charities at risk of losing their registration is available at http://acnc.gov.au/whereareyou