Injury Matters Position Statement on the ACNC Health Promotion Charities Definition

June 2, 2021

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is the national regulator of charities and was established under the ACNC act. The ACNC has a sub-classification of charities called Health Promotion Charities. The current definition of a Health Promotion Charity is “An institution whose principal activity is to
promote the prevention or the control of diseases in human beings”.

Given that the current definition of an ACNC Health Promotion Charity is limited to the prevention or control of diseases in human beings, it excludes injury from its interpretation.

Injury Matters supports the need for the Australian Government to recognise the prevention of injury as a priority and advance changes in legislation to extend the Health Promotion Charities definition beyond disease, and to include the prevention of injury. Changes in eligibility to qualify as a Health Promotion Charity would enable injury prevention organisations to have a greater impact on the reduction of injury in Australia, which will result in an overall improvement to the health of Australians.

Click here to access Injury Matters’ full position statement.