Class Central is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.


Reporting Obligations of Your Charity Part A: Overview and Basic Financial Skills

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) via FutureLearn


Discover charity reporting obligations and develop basic financial skills.

Keeping up-to-date with your charity’s reporting obligations is vital to operating as a registered charity. But how do you know who to report to, when, and what information is required? And do you have the financial skills needed to read and interpret key financial documents and ask informed questions?

This short course from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) provides answers.

Through this course, you will:

  • Learn what you need to report to the ACNC and when.
  • Find out about other regulators who you may need to report to.
  • Discover what the ACNC is doing to reduce red tape in the sector so instead of duplicating reports, you can get on with activities that advance your charity’s charitable purpose.
  • Practice reading and interpreting balance sheets and profit and loss statements.
  • Understand solvency and recognise warning signs that a charity could be in financial difficulty.

This course is designed for charity leaders responsible for meeting reporting obligations: reporting to the ACNC, notifying of certain changes, and meeting any reporting requirements to other regulators. It is also for board members seeking to develop the required basic financial skills to perform their obligations. It will be especially useful for board members and sector advisors.


  • Reporting and Notifying Obligations
    • Charity reporting obligations to the ACNC
    • Charity reporting requirements to others
    • Notifying the ACNC of certain changes
  • Basic Financial Skills and Understanding Insolvency
    • Record keeping for charities
    • How to read key financial documents: Balance sheets
    • How to read key financial documents: Profit and loss statements
    • Solvency
    • Next steps

Taught by

Rachel Gear


4.6 rating at FutureLearn based on 19 ratings

Start your review of Reporting Obligations of Your Charity Part A: Overview and Basic Financial Skills

Never Stop Learning.

Get personalized course recommendations, track subjects and courses with reminders, and more.