NSW Fair Trading (part of the Department of Customers Services in NSW) regulates charitable fundraising activities as well as community gaming.
If a charity intends to fundraise for a charitable purpose, it must hold a licence to fundraise unless it is exempt from the requirement to hold a licence. NSW refers to this as an authority to fundraise.
NSW Fair Trading is responsible for registering and regulating organisations that fundraise for charitable purposes.
In addition to ACNC obligations, charities that fundraise must comply with:
- the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 (NSW)
- the Charitable Fundraising Regulation 2021 (NSW)
- any other relevant legislation.
visit the NSW Fair Trading website or call 13 32 20.To find out more,
Fundraising licences (authority to fundraise)
From 1 July 2021, charities will benefit from a new arrangement between the ACNC and NSW Fair Trading.
Registered charities who are required to hold an authority to fundraise can access a streamlined application and renewal process with NSW Fair Trading.
Visit the NSW Fair Trading website to apply for an authority to fundraise.
From 1 July 2021, new reporting requirements commence for any charity that holds an authority to fundraise.
Registered charities that are authority holders can report directly via the ACNC's Annual Information Statement (AIS). They will not be required to submit a separate annual return or compliance statement to NSW Fair Trading.
To help the ACNC provide data to NSW Fair Trading, charities should provide their fundraising authority number when completing their AIS.
NSW Fair Trading is also responsible for regulating any fundraising conducted through community gaming, such as raffles and bingo.
For more information about fundraising, see our factsheet Fundraising in New South Wales.