Charitable fundraising

Organisations that fundraise for charitable purposes must comply with

The Charitable Fundraising Guidelines (PDF, 353.93 KB) are a guide to understanding and complying with the legal obligations on persons conducting fundraising appeals for charitable purposes in NSW.

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission has guidance to assist registered charities in deciding what advocacy and campaigning it can undertake in the lead up to an election: Charities, elections and advocacy- what you need to know’

Applying for authority to fundraise

To apply for an authority to fundraise, download and complete the fillable Charitable fundraising application form (PDF, 204.43 KB). Completed applications can be lodged by email to

Enquiries about Charitable Fundraising Applications can be made by calling 9895 0011.


General telephone enquiries about charitable fundraising 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.