Some charities conduct public advocacy when working towards achieving their charitable purposes.

A charity can promote or oppose a change to any matter of law, policy or practice, as long as this advocacy furthers or aids another charitable purpose. However, a charity must not have a ‘disqualifying purpose’.

Purposes that will disqualify an organisation from being a registered charity are:

  • engaging in, or promoting, activities that are unlawful
  • engaging in, or promoting, activities that are contrary to public policy, or
  • promoting or opposing a political party or candidate for political office.