Fundraising in South Australia is regulated by Consumer and Business Services (CBS).

Charitable fundraising

Charities are required to have a Collections for Charitable Purposes (CCP) license under the Collections for Charitable Purposes Act 1939 (SA) if they fundraise for one or more ‘charitable purposes’, such as:

  • health services and research
  • help for disabled, sick, poor, destitute or unemployed people and their families
  • war relief for anywhere in the world
  • help for current or past members of the armed forces and their families
  • helping animals.

Note: The definition of charitable purpose used by CBS may differ from the legal definition of charity the ACNC applies when registering organisations as charities at the federal level.

Collecting for charities can include:

  • collecting money or property, such as door knock appeals or online fundraising
  • charging admission for an entertainment event
  • selling items like badges, ribbons or second-hand goods
  • a bequest, or other grants of money or property to a charity.

CBS maintains a Code of Practice for Collections for Charitable Purposes. This code sets guidelines for fundraisers and fundraising activities, including hours and location of activities, identification requirements for collectors, the issuing of receipts and disclosure of information by collectors.

A public list of current, expired, and revoked charity licences is available on the CBS Public Charities Register.

Charities that fundraise through lotteries and bingo must obtain a separate license (further information is below).

Note: The ACNC and CBS have worked together to reduce the regulatory burden for charities that fundraise in South Australia. For more information, view our factsheet on the regulation of charities in South Australia.

Fundraiser lotteries and bingo

CBS also regulates fundraiser lotteries and bingo under the Lottery and Gaming Act 1936 (SA).

A separate licence is required where charities fundraise via major lotteries and certain bingo sessions.

A lottery is a ‘major’ lottery if the following conditions are met:

  • the total retail value of all prizes is more than $5,000
  • the winners are decided by lot or draw.

A charity will also need a licence where gross proceeds of bingo sessions are more than $500 per session.

For more information, visit the CBS website.

Note: This fact sheet is an overview of fundraising laws and regulations in South Australia, not a complete guide. For more information about fundraising laws and regulations in South Australia, please consult the relevant regulatory agencies.