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Open and non-discriminatory self-help groups that otherwise meet the legal meaning of charity and our requirements for registration can register as charities with the ACNC.

When applying to register, self-help groups may wish to select 'any other purpose beneficial to the general public' as their charitable purpose and 'social and community welfare activities' as one of their charitable activities. Self-help groups may also select other recognised charitable purposes they have, or other charitable activities they engage in, such as cultural activities or health-related programs.

See our guidance about who can apply to be registered as a charity.