On 5 December 2017, the federal government announced reforms of the administration and surveillance of organisations with deductible-gift recipient status.  

Changes were designed to strengthen governance arrangements, reduce administrative complexity and ensure continued trust and confidence in the NFP sector. 

Initially planned for introduction on 1 July last year, reforms have been postponed until the same date this year. 


They will require non-government organisations with DGR endorsement to be registered charities (unless specifically exempted).


The reforms will also result in the transfer of four DGR registers to the ACNC. They are the:

  • Register of environment organisations
  • Register of cultural organisations
  • Overseas aid-gift-deduction scheme, and
  • Register of harm-prevention charities.