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Fundraising Licences

Do we need a fundraising licence?

Maybe, depending on the state(s) you operate in (multiple if you operate in more than one state) and fundraising activities:

Australian Capital Territory

Only if you raise over $15,000 in a financial year, not including membership, subscriptions, sponsorship, grants, lotteries and wills. You can find more information and application forms on the ACT Government – Charitable Collections Act 2003 webpage.

New South Wales

Yes, you can find information and applications forms on the NSW Fair Trading website.

Northern Territory

Only if you are selling raffle tickets. You can find more information and application forms on the NT Department of Business – Lotteries webpage.

Queensland

Yes, you can find more information and application forms on the Queensland Government – Charity and fundraising forms and fees webpage.

South Australia

Yes, you can find more information and applications forms on the SA Consumer and Business Services website.

Tasmania

Only if you are based in another state and not incorporated in Tasmania. You can find information and applications forms on the TAS Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading website. If you wish to run raffles, bingo and trade promotions, you can find more information and applications forms for on the TAS Department of Treasury and Finance website.

Victoria

Only if you raise more than $10,000 per financial year and/or have paid staff. You can find more information and application forms on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.

Western Australia

Yes, you can find more information and applications forms on the WA Department of Commerce website.

 
96three FM

Case study:

96three FM

96three FM is a community radio station based in Geelong broadcasting a blend of Christian teachings and music. 96three FM holds a fundraising licence in Victoria to help its fundraising efforts.

96three FM received a grant of $56,000 from the Genesis Foundation to employ a Sponsorship Sales and Marketing officer to generate additional revenue for the ministry in 2015-17. Only organisations endorsed as a DGR Item 1 are eligible for funding from the Genesis Foundation.

The station runs two big donation drives each year in May and November, raising over $380,000 in 2014/15, and use GiveNow to facilitate recurring monthly donations of a further $60,000. The DGR status of the station means that the donors receive a tax receipt to claim deductions at tax time.

More information

Keep an eye on the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) who are looking at aligning some state territory and ACNC regulatory obligations.

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