Charities commission urges good regulation in face of axing

THE charities commission that the Abbott Government plans to abolish has urged a Senate inquiry into the issue to ensure good regulation of the sector, whatever happens.

Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission staff fronted the inquiry hearing on Friday in Canberra to urge Senators to keep its door open.

In a letter to the inquiry, Commissioner Susan Pascoe wrote the creation of the 16-month old body was a "demonstration of respect" and recognition of the non-profit sector's "maturity".

"While I am proud of what the commission has achieved in its short life, I continue to posit that it is not the ACNC brand which should be the focus of debate, rather what constitutes good charity regulation," she wrote.

"As indicated in my meetings with Ministers, their advisers and departmental officials, I am willing to share my experience to inform proposals for models of effective charity regulation."

The Senate inquiry will report to parliament early next month.

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