Fundraising in the ACT is regulated by two government agencies:
- Access Canberra is responsible for regulating charities that conduct fundraising activities.
- the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission is responsible for regulating any fundraising conducted through authorised gaming (such as lotteries).
Access Canberra is responsible for registering and regulating organisations conducting fundraising activities under the Charitable Collections Act 2003 (ACT) and the Charitable Collections Regulation 2003 (ACT).
From 1 July 2017, charities that fundraise in the ACT are no longer required to hold a charitable collections license.
Charities are not required to lodge annual fundraising statements to Access Canberra. Instead, they can submit the Annual Information Statement to the ACNC.
Note: If a charity has a charitable collections license (ACT Fundraising license number), they should provide this in the Annual Information Statement.
From the 2018 Annual Information Statement, medium and large charities must ensure that the financial reports they provide to the ACNC meet all the ACNC reporting requirements.
The ACT Gambling and Racing Commission is responsible for regulating fundraising activities through lotteries (which includes raffle and Calcutta events).
Charities may need to apply for a permit to conduct lotteries. To find out more visit the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission website.