Fundraising activity in Victoria is regulated by Consumer Affairs Victoria and the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.
Consumer Affairs Victoria
Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) regulates the majority of fundraising activities in Victoria and oversees the laws that govern fundraising across the state – Fundraising Act 1998 (Vic) and Fundraising Regulations 2009 (Vic)
The Fundraising Act 1998 (Vic) regulates fundraisers and fundraising appeals or activities.
Fundraising activities may include:
- telephone and doorknock appeals
- traffic intersection and highway collections (Note: These appeals generally also require separate approval from Victoria Police and the relevant local government)
- golf days, movie nights and trivia nights
- public appeals to support clubs, associations, causes or people
- sale of goods where it is represented that part of the sale price is to be donated to a charitable organisation or cause
From 1 September 2020 unless it is specifically exempted, a registered charity is only required to notify Consumer Affairs Victoria of its intention to fundraise. The charity is not required to submit annual statements or renewals for as long as it continues to be registered.
Individuals and organisations exempt from the requirement to lodge a notification include:
- religious organisations (recognised denominations)
- registered trade unions and political parties
- hospitals and certain other health organisations funded by the government
- a variety of schools and educational institutions
- organisations that receive less than $20,000 gross in a financial year from fundraising, are not paid for conducting the fundraising and use only unpaid volunteers
Fundraising legislation in Victoria sets specific ongoing responsibilities for fundraisers, including the requirement to maintain records, the use of fundraiser identification, and the use of collection tins in appeals. You can read about these responsibilities on the CAV website.
Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation
The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) regulates raffles, lotteries and other gaming activities – including those run by charities as fundraising activities – under the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (Vic).
In Victoria, charities conducting such activities to raise funds may not need to register with CAV as fundraisers. However, they may still be required to comply with certain rules under the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (Vic), including the need to obtain registration as a 'community or charitable organisation' from VCGLR.
Please note: the definition of 'community or charitable organisation' applied by the VCGLR may differ from the legal definition of charity applied by the ACNC to register organisations as charities at the federal level.
This fact sheet is an overview of fundraising laws and regulations in Victoria, not a complete guide. For more information about fundraising laws and regulations in Victoria, please consult the relevant regulatory agencies.