Where can I find some help to fill in the application form?
Our checklist is a useful resource to help you decide if you think your organisation is eligible for charity registration and to help you prepare all the information you’ll need to complete the registration form.
I applied once before and my application was unsuccessful. Can I reapply?
Yes, you can re-apply. It is a good idea to address the reasons why your application was unsuccessful before you do so.
How long will it take to get my organisation registered?
This depends on the details of your application and whether we need to ask you for more information.
If your application is missing information, or we need to ask you to provide more information for us to be able to make a decision, it will take longer to process. We will work with you to ensure your application is processed as quickly as possible.
We generally process applications within 15 business days of receiving all the required information.
We recommend using the registration checklist to make sure you provide all the information we need to make a decision.
I have an event coming up and need my application done before then. Can I have my application expedited?
We assess applications in the order in which we receive them. We can’t expedite your application to meet any deadlines you have.
If you need to be registered by a certain date, we suggest you lodge your application well in advance of that date. The assessment depends on the specific details of your application, therefore it can be difficult to predict exactly how long it will take.
What happens after I apply?
Once we receive your application:
- We will check that it is complete with all the information we need. If it is incomplete, we will ask you to provide us with the missing information.
- It is assigned to a member of our team who assesses it. We may get in contact with you to clarify details about the organisation.
- The team member makes a decision and lets you know of the outcome.
If your application is successful,
- We pass on the information to the Australian Taxation Office to assess and endorse the tax concessions you applied for.