A warning shot has been fired to four Riverina charities to get their acts together or risk losing their registered charity status.
The Australian Charities and not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has revealed a list of charities across the country they intend to revoke the registration of due to double defaulting.
The organisations have 28 days to provide reasons why registration should not be revoked.
Notifications have been issued for a range of reasons including lack of contact from the charity, unopened mail from the ACNC has been returned or they have been on the ‘missing’ list since August.
The lack of contact could be an indication that some charities are no longer in operation.
Four organisations in the Riverina – Wagga RSL Sub Branch Retirement Village Trust, Urana Sub Branch RSL, Griffith East Public School P&C Association and Barellan Sub Branch Returned Services League of Australia – made the list.
President of the Griffith East Public School P&C Association, Brian Bellicanta, said he received a courtesy call from the ACNC asking them to complete their paper work.
The organisation submitted their interest to become a registered charity only two months ago with the intention of being able to secure more government funding and grants.
“They were just missing a few little things,” Mr Bellicanta said.
“With the P&C being a volunteer thing, sometimes the i’s aren’t dotted and the t’s aren’t crossed.
“We haven’t taken it as a threat.”
Mr Bellacanta said he understands that if the paper work is submitted on time, the organisation will be saved.
“We are probably on the list but we probably shouldn’t be,” he said.
Mr Bellacanta said a registered charity status would mean the P&C would be in a better position to secure funding for the school.
Revocation of registered statuses will take effect from November 11.
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