Fundraising in South Australia is regulated by Consumer and Business Services.
Consumer and Business Services
Consumer and Business Services (CBS) is responsible for regulating fundraising activities in South Australia, including collecting donations for specified charitable purposes or fundraiser lotteries.
A public list of current, expired, and revoked charity licences is available on the CBS Public Charities Register.
CBS regulates collectors where the collecting is for a charitable purpose (or partly for a charitable purpose). Collectors are people who obtain (or attempt to obtain) money, property, or a bequest for a charitable purpose (or partly for a charitable purpose).
Please note: the definition of charitable purpose applied by the CBS may differ from the legal definition of charity applied by the ACNC to register organisations as charities at the federal level.
An organisation or individual that intends to collect for a charitable purpose must hold:
- a Collections for Charitable Purposes Licence (CCP Licence), or
- an authority from a holder of a section 6 licence to fundraise on behalf of the licence holder.
- Fundraising activities that may require a licence in South Australia include:
- collecting money or goods
- selling badges, discs, flowers, tokens or similar things
- door-knocks or street collections
- charging for entertainment.
Licences are granted for a period of one year (renewable 6 months after the financial year date ends).
Under the Collections for Charitable Purposes Act 1939, 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, and the issuing of receipts and disclosure information by collectors.
Changes to fundraising licence requirements and reporting for registered charities
From 1 December 2016, charities registered with the ACNC that fundraise in SA were no longer required to apply for a fundraising licence from CBS.
To continue to fundraise in SA, charities registered with the ACNC simply need to notify CBS of their intention to continue collecting funds in SA and they will be deemed to hold a fundraising licence. This can be done by visiting cbs.sa.gov.au/charities or through the ACNC Charity Portal.
These charities will continue to be listed on the CBS Public Charities Register as charities authorised to collect in SA, and they must continue to comply with the SA Code of Practice.
In addition, SA charities registered with the ACNC will no longer be required to report to or lodge financial statements with CBS after their current fundraising licence expires. These charities will only need to report to the ACNC and comply with the ACNC’s regulatory requirements.
Read more about these changes to reporting requirements for SA charities on the ACNC website. And further information about changes to reporting requirements and fundraising laws in South Australia can be found on the CBS website.
In South Australia, a licence is required to conduct lotteries and raffles, including Bingo, Sweepstakes and Calcutta Sweepstakes. This licence is separate to the Collections for Charitable Purposes Licence which does not authorise the conduct of fundraiser lotteries.
Please 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.