Articles by Dr Gary Johns
At the time of writing Dr Gary Johns had been the Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission since late 2017. He took up the role following a long and varied career in public service and policy advice, including as the author or editor of nine books on public policy. He stepped down from this role at end of July 2022. He was an inaugural board member of Volunteers Australia, a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Community Partnership, and served on the committee to design the Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.
Improving Governance and Transparency
Good governance is vital for transparency and ongoing public support for the charity and Not-for-profit sector. It is important that boards are aware of recent regulatory changes and ACNC innovations that will bolster governance and transparency. Our latest official data shows Australians donated $12.7 billion to charities in the 2020 reporting period, up from $11.8 billion in the previous period. Transparency and accountability underpin that strong level of trust and confidence.