The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) says it continues to “clean-up” the national Charity Register and has revoked the charity status of 392 charities that the regulator believes are no longer operating.

The group of 392 charities were among approximately 56,000 charities transferred to the ACNC from the ATO in December 2012. The list of the 392 charities revoked on 19 January 2014 is on the ACNC website.

ACNC Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM, said the group of charities had not been in contact with the ACNC or responded to multiple letters and calls since the federal charity regulator’s establishment. “We believe these charities are no longer in operation, hence we are revoking their charity status,” Ms Pascoe said.

Charities that have their status revoked but are still operating will have their application to re-register with the ACNC fast-tracked once they have lodged any overdue reports.

Ms Pascoe foreshadowed further revocations for charities that have not met their legislative obligations with the ACNC.

[LTN 12, 20/1/15]