Authority to Fundraise for Charitable Purposes - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to raise funds for a charitable purpose.

Charitable purpose is a broad term that can change depending on perceptions of social needs and attitudes. Charitable purposes can be grouped under the following broad headings:

  • relief of financial hardship
  • the advancement of education
  • the advancement of religion
  • other charitable purposes beneficial to the community.

Fundraising may take a variety of forms and includes: donations, sponsorship, telethons, lotteries and competitions, supply of food, supply of entertainment, supply of other goods or services, in connection with any commercial undertaking.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.


You may be exempt from requiring this authority if you are either a:
  • religious body
  • government-associated body
  • university.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this permit you must:

  • be aged 18 or over
  • lodge an application form
  • supply the details specified in the application form
  • comply with the information described in the attached fact sheet.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.



No fees are required for this application.

Other resources

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Your complete application can be lodged my mail or e-mail.

Approval time

Please allow 28 days for your application to be processed.

Administering agency

Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
NSW Fair Trading

Act(s) name

Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Charitable Fundraising Regulation 2015 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Charitable Fundraising, Business Licensing
Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
NSW Fair Trading

Mailing address:
Locked Bag 5138
New South Wales 2124


02 9895 0011

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