Fundraising in Queensland is regulated by the Office of Fair Trading and the Office of Liquor Gaming Regulation.
Office of Fair Trading
Charitable fundraising activities in Queensland are regulated by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). The OFT administers the laws that govern fundraising across the state – the Collections Act 1966 (QLD) and Collections Regulation 2008 (QLD).
Organisations can conduct appeals for charitable or community purposes.
Note: The Office of Fair Trading’s definition of charitable purpose may differ from the legal definition of charity the ACNC applies when registering organisations as charities at the federal level.
The OFT maintains its own public register of charities authorised to fundraise in Queensland and associations incorporated in Queensland.
For more information about the fundraising activities regulated by the OFT, visit the OFT website.
To fundraise in Queensland, a charity needs to either:
- apply to register as a ‘charity’ in Queensland and be entered on the OFT’s register of charities and associations
- have its fundraising purpose sanctioned
- be authorised by a registered charity to fundraise on its behalf.
The following organisations can fundraise without registering as a ‘charity’:
- recognised religious denominations
- parents and citizens associations
- hospital foundations.
Charities that fundraise in Queensland may also be required to meet ongoing obligations to the OFT.
For details about the process of obtaining authorisation to fundraise in Queensland, and the obligations of fundraisers (including any other exemptions that may apply), visit the OFT website.
Office of Liquor Gaming Regulation
The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) regulates charitable gaming (including art unions, raffles, bingo, lucky envelopes, Calcutta sweeps and promotional games) under the Charitable and Non-Profit Gaming Act 1999 (QLD).
These different games are assigned to different categories, some of which require a license from the OLGR.
For more information, visit the not-for-profit and charitable gaming section of the OLGR website.
Please note: This fact sheet is an overview of fundraising laws and regulations in Queensland, not a complete guide. For more information about fundraising laws and regulations in Queensland, please consult the relevant regulatory agencies.