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Public trust and confidence in charities remains strong, a new report from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has found. The ACNC’s two-year Public Trust and Confidence report found that 86% of Australians trusted charities, and 91% currently support them by volunteering or donating.

Overall, charities are the fifth most trusted institution in Australia, after doctors, police, the High Court, and the Australian Taxation Office.

Women and older Australians were slightly more likely to trust charities; however, the results were high across all age groups.

Acting Commissioner Baird encouraged donors to search the ACNC Charity Register, which holds an unprecedented amount of information about Australia’s registered charities.

“Since the ACNC was established in December 2012, the level of transparency across the sector has increased significantly due to the introduction of the ACNC Charity Register.

“Each year registered charities are required to submit an Annual Information Statement and charities with annual revenue above $250,000 are also required to provide financial reports. This information is published on the ACNC Charity Register, which members of the public can access free of charge.”

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