About the report

The Australian Charities Report describes the characteristics, activities and purpose of Australia’s charities in 2016. It provides a resource to help charities, donors, governments, researchers and the community better understand Australia’s charities, and their financial status and sustainability.

The report analyses data from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Annual Information Statements (AIS) which charities are required to provide.

In addition to the Australian Charities Report each year, a series of special reports (over several years) is produced, for example, Australia’s Disability Charities, Australia’s International Charities, Red Tape and more.  Visit the downloads page for a current list of reports and resources.

The data in the Australian Charities Report explored online using interactive datacubes.

A unique dataset

The information in the report comes from a specially constructed data set. Information is drawn primarily from the 2016 AIS matched to each charity’s registration information.  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.   Additional data is also included from the Australian Business Register (ABR), matched to Register and AIS data using Australian Business Numbers (ABNs).

You can read more about the data (and what’s included or excluded) in the About the Data Q&A page.  There’s more technical detail on the Project Methodology page.