Susan Pascoe to Step Down from Charities Regulator

By Andrew Heaton

(image via ACNC)

The leader of Australia’s charity regulator is set to finish her role on September 30.

In an announcement last week, Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission Advisory Board Chair Tony Stuart announced that inaugural ACNC Commissioner Susan Pascoe AM will conclude her role with the regulator when her five-year term expires on September 30.

Stuart said the government had commenced the process of seeking a new Commissioner.

The announcement comes amid uncertainty over the future of the regulator, which will undergo a statutory review approximately five years after its inception in 2012 later this year.

In a statement, Stuart said Pascoe had delivered significant achievements, including by establishing itself as a leading regulator in the digital world, launching Australia’s first ever public database of registered charities, securing red tape reduction and registering over 11,500 new charities.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Susan for her enormous contribution to the ACNC and Australia’s not-for-profit sector,” Stuart said. “The organisation will feel her loss and impact.”

“Susan’s leadership, integrity and drive have seen the ACNC flourish in the face of sustained uncertainty.

“Under Susan’s leadership, the ACNC has not only survived – but thrived.”

A new Commissioner is expected to be appointed by 1 October.

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