You must submit an application to register the entity as a charity if it wants to keep its DGR endorsement.
Before applying, it is important to understand the eligibility requirements for registration as a charity and the ongoing obligations that a charity has to the ACNC.
Take the time to review the entity’s governing document and activities to ensure it is eligible.
To be eligible, a charity must:
- be not-for-profit
- have solely charitable purposes for the public benefit
- not have any disqualifying purposes, and
- not be an individual, political party or government entity.
A charity’s governing document must set out that it is not for profit and must contain charitable objects. If the organisation does not have charitable objects, consider looking at the ACNC’s sample objects for specific purposes.
To be eligible, any private benefit that a charity confers must be ancillary to, and in furtherance of, its charitable purpose. Entities that have a focus on professional development (such as some cultural organisations that provide career development for artists, for example) may not meet the requirement of being solely charitable and for the public benefit.
It is often a good idea to get independent advice about eligibility for registration before applying. You can also use our charity self-assessment tool for an indication of an entity’s eligibility.
It is important to know that assessing an application can take extra time if it is complex, if we need more information to clarify certain details, or if significant changes are needed.
If you think your entity may need extra time, it is a good idea to apply for registration early and apply for an extension from the ATO.