Fundraising in Queensland is regulated by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the Office of Liquor Gaming Regulation (OLGR)
The Office of Fair Trading
The majority of 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).
Fundraising laws in Queensland regulate appeals for support for charitable or community purposes.
Activities regulated by the OFT include:
- door-to-door appeals
- street collections
Please note: the definition of charitable purpose applied by the OFT may differ from the legal definition of charity applied by the ACNC to register organisations as charities.
For more information about the fundraising activities regulated by the OFT, visit the OFT website.
The OFT maintains its own public register of charities authorised to fundraise in Queensland and associations incorporated in Queensland.
To fundraise in Queensland, an organisation needs to:
- 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, or
- be authorised by a registered charity to fundraise on its behalf.
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 exemptions that may apply, visit the OFT website.
The Queensland Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation
The Queensland Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) regulates raffles and other gaming activities – including those conducted by charities as fundraising activities – under the Charitable and Non-Profit Gaming Act 1999 (QLD).
In Queensland, organisations looking to fundraise through a raffle or gaming activity may not need to apply to the OFT for a sanction for the activity. However, they may be required to comply with certain rules under the Charitable and Non-Profit Gaming Act 1999 (Qld). These may include obtaining certain licences and approvals from 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.