Authority to Fundraise for Charitable Purposes - New South Wales


You will need this authority to raise more than $15,000 in a financial year 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.

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, 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.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Holders of an authority must submit the following information within six months of the end of the financial year:

  • an annual return
  • an annual financial statement
  • a compliance statement.

This is a requirement even if no money was received and no fundraising appeal was conducted during the financial year. If you raise $250,000 or more in a financial year, you must also submit an auditor's report.


Five years


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You do not need to pay any fees.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 New South Wales

Lodgement process


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 Customer Service

NSW Fair Trading

Contact details

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