Person working on laptop with screen showing word "charity" and charts

A new Hub, re-designed guidance material and an enhanced online form are among the key improvements to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission’s 2017 Annual Information Statement. The improvements to the 2017 version of the statement came after extensive feedback from charities and people working in the sector.

The 2017 Annual Information Statement Hub is a one-stop shop for charities wishing to complete their reporting.

It contains a comprehensive range of support and guidance materials and aims to make it easier for charities to fulfil their reporting requirements and provide accurate, high-quality and timely information through their Annual Information Statement.

Improvements to guidance materials include:

  • A complete re-design of the Annual Information Statement Guide, with the 2017 document broken up into shorter sections corresponding with the Annual Information Statement form itself. New menus help charities navigate more easily around the online document.
  • Expanded help text throughout the Annual Information Statement, with nearly 50 direct links from the help text to relevant sections of the Guide. This enhances charities’ ability to cross-reference relevant guidance material – and minimise errors – as they complete their 2017Annual Information Statement.
  • Updates to the Annual Information Statement Checklist, providing a reference point for the information and documents charities need to have handy before they start their Annual Information Statement.
  • A tip sheet outlining some of the common mistakes charities make when filling in their Annual Information Statement, and how to avoid them.

Key improvements to the Annual Information Statement include:

  • Easier-to-understand questions, especially those related to charity finances, activities and beneficiaries.
  • Improved auto-filling and auto-calculation of responses to certain questions, allowing charities to quickly progress through sections of the Annual Information Statement.
  • The ability for charities to view and update their Responsible Persons as they complete their Annual Information Statement, ensuring their organisations’ details are up to date.
  • A new preview function, so charities can check over their responses to the Annual Information Statement before submission.
  • An improved layout, including a more prominent ‘Submit’ button to ensure charities don’t forget to submit their Annual Information Statement after completion.

Access the Annual Information Statement Hub online

Subscribe to our e-news updates - all the info you need in one place, delivered to your Inbox once a week.