Charities and fundraising

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South Australia is the only state that has aligned its process for fundraising licences to allow charities to notify the state fundraising regulator of their intention to fundraise in SA via the ACNC.
Find out more about changes for charities in SA.

Read more about the ACNC’ s work to reduce red tape for charities.

ACNC resources about fundraising

External fundraising resources

Not-for-Profit Law's Information Hub, including information on:

Fundraising Institute of Australia – the national peak body representing professional fundraising in Australia

Public Fundraising Regulatory Association – the self-regulatory body for face to face fundraising in Australia

Red tape reduction for charities fundraising in Australia

South Australia

As of 1 December 2016, the fundraising licence requirements for charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and Consumer and Business Services (CBS) in South Australia will be streamlined.

Recent changes to legislation mean charities registered with the ACNC that fundraise in South Australia are exempt from applying for a fundraising licence with the state regulator. Charities will be exempt from reporting to CBS after their current licence expires and will then only need to report to the ACNC.

The change will see a significant reduction in the administrative burden for charities that fundraise in South Australia and make it easier for them to meet their reporting obligations.

In South Australia, CBS regulates fundraising through the administration of the Collections for Charitable Purposes Act 1939 (CCP Act). As a result of the changes to the legislation, charities registered with the ACNC will not be required to apply to CBS for a licence each year, or to report to CBS if they remain registered with the ACNC and comply with the ACNC’s regulatory requirements.

To continue to fundraise in South Australia, charities registered with the ACNC simply need to notify CBS of their intention to continue collecting funds in SA and will be deemed to hold a fundraising licence. This can be done by visiting or through the ACNC Charity Portal.

These charities will continue to be listed on the CBS Public Charities Register as charities authorised to collect in SA, and they must continue to comply with the SA Code of Practice.

Find out more about changes for charities in SA.

Other red tape reduction work