Fundraising in Western Australia is regulated by the Consumer Protection Division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Consumer Protection Division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

The Consumer Protection Division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is responsible for regulating organisations undertaking fundraising activities in Western Australia.

Consumer Protection regulates fundraising through the administration of the Charitable Collections Act 1946 (WA). Its website features a list of charities that are licensed to fundraise in Western Australia.

Fundraising law in Western Australia regulates organisations that collect money or goods from the public 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.

Consumer Protection's website contains more information about the activities it regulates through the state's fundraising legislation.

Fundraising Licences

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.

Since 1 July 2020, Consumer Protection has issued continuous licences (charities were previously required to renew their license every three years). Charities will be issued with a continuous license at their next renewal date.

And as part of a streamlined reporting arrangement between the ACNC and Consumer Protection - in force since the 2020 Annual Information Statement - charities are no longer required to submit an annual statement or financial reports to Consumer Protection.

To participate in the arrangement, charities must provide their WA fundraising license number when submitting the Annual Information Statement to the ACNC.

Consumer Protection also 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.

The Consumer Protection website contains more details about fundraising licences and the ongoing obligations of fundraisers. Phone enquiries can be made via 1300 304 074.

Western Australian Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

The Western Australian Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is responsible for regulating any fundraising conducted through authorised gaming.

The department 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 raffles, bingo, lotteries, two-up or Calcuttas.

The Department's website has links to gaming application kits and further information. Telephone enquiries can be made via (08) 6551 4888

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.