Permit to Collect Money on a Public Road - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this permit if you intend to collect money for charitable purposes from highway or other road users. Without a permit, the law prohibits people from standing on a road for the purpose of collecting money (also known as tin rattling).

Activities covered include, but are not limited to, requesting and collecting donations with collectors standing on or adjacent to a road, or while vehicles are stopped at traffic signals or in any other way travelling on the road.

Common reasons for seeking a permit for these collections, known officially as highway collections, include state-wide appeals such as the Royal Children's Hospital Appeal or Red Cross Appeal, or locally-based fundraising efforts, such as those conducted by the Volunteer Coast Guard or Country Fire Authority.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this permit you will need to submit an application on behalf of the collection organisers, with details of the collection event, in particular:

  • The registered fundraising organisations involved and the purpose for the event;
  • The days and times of the collection event;
  • The approximate number of people to be involved;
  • The requested location and road details; and
  • Specific details of the event management plan in regard to maintaining safety and order.

Ongoing requirements

The permit approval may require compliance with certain conditions and may vary any arrangements for the conduct of the collection event as the Agency sees fit.

Any breach of the conditions may result in the event being halted and prosecutions laid. It may also jeopardise the issuing of future permits to the applicant / organisation named in the permit.


Limited to the duration of the appeal.


The permit will expire on the last day of the collection appeal.



Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted.


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Approval time

Please apply 1 to 6 months ahead of the appeal time.

Administering agency

Victoria Police

Act(s) name

Road Safety Act 1986 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Road Safety (Traffic Management) Regulations 2009 (Victoria)

Contact details

Road Safety Awareness and Information Unit
Victoria Police


03 9247 5714


03 9247 5725

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