Figures & thoughts – registered charities

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Have been looking over the latest figures provided by the ACNC in relation to registered charities in Australia.

  •  1,045,676 employed staff
  • 1,806,495 estimated volunteers
  • Total income $101.9 billion

Our small charities in Australia rely more on donations and bequests, receiving 32% of their income from those sources, compared to the largest charities which receive only 2% of their income from donations and bequests. That’s a big difference.

Smaller charities are receiving 2% of their income from government grants, compared to 44% for the largest charities.

What I also thought was interesting was that the smaller charities are spending 10% of their funds on employee expenses, compared to the largest charities spending 57% on employee expenses.

What do you think of these latest figures? Do you work or volunteer for a registered charity? Do these figures surprise you?

Love to hear your thoughts.



  1. Interesting, thanks for the post. I’m a volunteer for The Life You Can Save and run our Adelaide chapter.

    I wonder what the rest of the percent comes from after donations and grants. It makes sense that the major charities are getting more income from grants, as a good grant writer is rare and commands a good salary!

    Smaller charities tend to have a lean staff and contract out a lot of their work. Depending on how the accounting was done for that stat, I’d say that makes sense too.

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  2. Hi Michael. I thought those figures were really interesting too. There must be a real art to successful grant writing and I’ve read a couple of good blog posts about it over the years, but there doesn’t seem to be a lot about it on the net otherwise. It would make sense to invest in people with those skills for the larger non-profit organisations, considering grants make up a large portion of their income. Thanks for stopping by.


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