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A fundraising license is often required before undertaking fundraising activities (although some organisations and some types of fundraising are exempt). Even when a license isn’t required, special fundraising laws apply to fundraising activities.

Fundraising activities include requesting donations for yourself or someone else's benefit, selling merchandise where some or all of profits will go towards a cause or organisation, or holding events to raise money. There are special laws that apply to all fundraising activities

Read our fundraising Guides to establish whether you need a license in the state where you are fundraising, how to apply, and the legal requirements to meet when fundraising.

Remember, if your fundraising crosses states, you may need several licenses. This website covers requirements for Victoria and NSW.

If your fundraising involves trade promotions or gaming activities, you may need additional permits:

  • trade promotions - which are competitions where there is no (or minimal cost) to enter, or entry is granted when a person purchases a product or ticket to an event and a prize is offered. Trade promotion prizes can be awarded on chance alone, or include an element of skill such as 'in 25 words or less...'. These promotions can be 'complete a survey and win', door prizes, and other promotional competitions. There are special laws that apply to all trade promotions
  • raffles and minor gaming activities - (including bingo, gaming nights, lotteries, lucky envelopes, sweepstakes) - where individuals purchase a ticket or pay money to enter a game or competition. There are special laws that apply to these activities
The following information applies to fundraising in Victoria

The Fundraising Guide explains:

  • which activities are considered fundraising activities in Victoria
  • when your group will need to register to fundraise
  • ongoing obligations for all fundraisers (whether required to be registered or not) such as maintaining a special fundraising bank account
  • other laws groups need to consider when fundraising (such as lottery permits)
  • when your group needs to consider fundraising laws and licensing requirements in other states
  • issues to consider when fundraising online, and
  • issues to consider when using third party fundraisers.

Related links

This is a link to more information on fundraising, published by the Victorian regulator of not-for-profits

The following information applies to fundraising in NSW

The Fundraising Guide explains:

  • which activities are considered fundraising activities in NSW
  • when your group will need to register to fundraise
  • ongoing obligations for all fundraisers (whether required to be registered or not) such as maintaining a special fundraising bank account
  • other laws groups need to consider when fundraising (such as lottery permits)
  • when your group needs to consider fundraising laws and licensing requirements in other states
  • issues to consider when fundraising online, and
  • issues to consider when using third party fundraisers.

Related links

This is a link to more fundraising information published by the NSW Licensing service.