Charity regulator likely to stay after policy backlash

AFTER a wide backlash against its plans to abolish the national charities regulator, the Abbott government appears to be backing down on the policy.

The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission was established to create a single regulator for the sector, but the government wanted to return it to regulation by several government agencies.

The government took the policy to the 2013 election as part of a wider "red tape" agenda.

However, most charities wanted to retain the single regulator.

Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told a community sector meeting in Canberra the policy was no longer a "priority".