Fundraising in Western Australia is regulated by the Department of Commerce and the Western Australian Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor.
The Department of Commerce
The Department of Commerce is responsible for regulating organisations undertaking fundraising activities in Western Australia.
A list of organisations licensed to fundraise in Western Australia is available on the Department of Commerce’s licensed charities register.
Fundraising law in Western Australia regulates organisations that collect money or goods from the public or receive bequests and donations (including goods) for a charitable purpose.
It also covers the conduct of any entertainment or function where admission is charged, and all or part of the proceeds go to a charitable purpose. This also includes advertising where all or part of the proceeds of the entertainment or function go to a charitable purpose.
For more details about the activities regulated by the Department of Commerce through the state's fundraising legislation - and the conditions on which activities are allowed - see the information on the Department of Commerce website.
Note: The Department of Commerce'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.
In Western Australia, an organisation collecting money or goods from the public for charitable purposes needs to:
- obtain a Charitable Collections Licence, or
- be collecting under the authority of an existing licence holder.
Licences are free of charge.
The Department of Commerce has a voluntary code of practice for public fundraising. Once an organisation is licensed it can choose to comply with this voluntary code. The code sets guidelines for charitable organisations proposing to fundraise in the community.
For more details about fundraising licences and the ongoing obligations of fundraisers, visit the Department of Commerce website or call (08) 9282 4373.
Western Australian Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor
The Western Australian Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor regulates community gaming activities under the Gaming and Wagering Commission Act 1987 (WA). A permit is required to raise funds from gaming activities such as lotteries, bingo and two-up.
To find out more, visit the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor website or call (08) 9425 1888.
Note: This fact sheet is an overview of fundraising laws and regulations in Western Australia, not a complete guide. For more information about fundraising laws and regulations in Western Australia, please consult the relevant regulatory agencies.