You will require registration if you intend to conduct fundraising in Victoria.
Fundraising involves collecting money on behalf of another person cause or thing, where the collection is not solely for the profit or commercial benefit of the person or organisation undertaking the fundraising. Examples of fundraising activities include:
- doorknock appeals
- traffic intersection / highway collections
- donations to clothing bins
- sale of goods at opportunity shops
- appeals run by commercial fundraisers
- public appeals to support a club, association or cause
- public appeals to support a cause, person, or group of persons
- the selling of goods where portions of the sale price are donated to a charitable organisation or cause.
The following activities are not considered to be fundraising:
- Receiving money on behalf of a patriotic fund
- Collecting money for the purposes of conducting an authorised raffle, lottery or other gambling activity are not considered to be fundraising activities
- Soliciting a person to become a member of an organisation or to pay a joining or membership fee.
Certain organisations and activities may be exempt from the requirement to register, including:
- universities, TAFE institutes and other tertiary educational institutions
- registered funded agencies
- religious organisations
- registered political parties
- trade unions and other industrial organisations
- organisations that receive less than $10 000 gross in a financial year from fundraising, are not paid for conducting the fundraising and use only unpaid volunteers.
These exemptions do not apply if the organisation contracts a commercial fundraiser to administer all or part of a fundraising appeal. Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
Anyone intending to conduct fundraising activities in Victoria is required to register with Consumer Affairs Victoria and must apply at least 28 days before fundraising commences. In order to be eligible for this registration you must:
- provide details of the fundraising activities you propose to undertake
- submit to a National Police Check if necessary
- have a financially sound background
- be able to comply with legislative requirements and any conditions imposed by Consumer Affairs Victoria.
Applications may be made by a:
- individual person(s)
- unincorporated body
- incorporated association.
Please consult the Consumer Affairs Victoria for further information.
There is no fee to register as a fundraiser.
Please lodge the application form, and any associated documents directly with the Consumer Affairs Victoria. You will need to attach to your application form:
- Written consent from each beneficiary named in this application - if you cannot get written consent you must provide a letter explaining why; and
- If you are an incorporated association that was incorporated outside of Victoria you must complete and attach a "Responsible Person Consent" form as part of your application.
Department of Justice and Regulation
Consumer Affairs Victoria
Fundraising Act 1998 (Victoria)
Fundraising Regulations 2009 (Victoria)
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