A Basic Religious Charity must be registered only with the charity subtype of 'advancing religion'.
If a charity is registered, or could be registered, with an additional charity subtype, it is not a Basic Religious Charity.
There are 14 categories or charity 'subtypes' that the ACNC can register. These are based on a charity’s charitable purpose. A charitable purpose is the reason a charity was set up or what its activities work towards achieving.
In some instances, a religious charity's activities may seem to fit a charity subtype other than ‘advancing religion’. However, if those activities are only done to further the purpose of advancing religion, the charity may still be eligible to be a Basic Religious Charity.
For example, religious education as part of promoting religious principles in a religious community is unlikely to be a separate charitable purpose (advancing education), compared with setting up a separate school, which is likely to be a separate charitable purpose.