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Charitable fundraising 

On 1 July 2015, NSW Fair Trading assumed responsibility for administering the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991, which outlines how an organisation can legally undertake charitable fundraising activities. Many organisations conduct fundraising appeals in order to finance their charitable activities. The following pages provide information for organisations and charities conducting fundraising:

Organisations that fundraise for charitable purposes must comply with the legislation, the regulations and the authority conditions.

If your organisation intends to fundraise for its charitable purposes, it must hold an Authority to fundraise. The following will assist you complete the application or renewal process:

To apply for an authority to fundraise, download and complete the fillable Charitable fundraising application form (PDF size: 205kb). Completed applications can be lodged by email or though the post. Enquiries about Charitable Fundraising Applications can be made by calling 9895 0011.

General telephone enquiries about charitable fundraising, including ordering stickers for collection bins, can be made by calling Fair Trading on 13 32 20. Alternatively, you can lodge an online enquiry.

Concerns about the operation, conduct or compliance of a charity or the charitable fundraising activities of an organisation can be reported to Fair Trading by lodging an online complaint.

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