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Generally, social clubs or associations do not meet the legal meaning of charity as the purpose of social interaction is not generally recognised as a charitable purpose.

If your club provides social activities as part of achieving a recognised charitable purpose such as advancing education or social or public welfare, it may be eligible to register with the ACNC.

For example, an organisation whose purpose is to provide social interaction for people living with dementia to improve quality of life and community participation may be eligible to be registered as a charity.

Some social clubs may be eligible for tax concessions available to not-for-profits through the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

See our guidance about charitable purposes.