Factsheet: Social clubs and the ACNC

Attention - Important information!Organisations that were recognised (endorsed) as charities by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to receive charity tax concessions before 3 December 2012 have been automatically registered with the ACNC. Check the ACNC Register to see if your organisation is registered with the ACNC.

Can social clubs register with the ACNC?

The ACNC registers organisations as charities. Generally social clubs or associations do not meet the legal meaning of charity as the purpose of social interaction is not generally recognised as a charitable purpose.

If your club provides social activities as part of achieving a recognised charitable purpose such as advancing education or social or public welfare, it may be eligible to register with the ACNC. For example, an organisation whose purpose is to provide social interaction for people living with dementia to improve quality of life and community participation may be eligible to be registered as a charity.

Some social clubs may be eligible for some benefits available to not-for-profits. Find out more by visiting the ATO's guidance on non-profit organisations.

Contact the ACNC

Phone: 13 ACNC (13 22 62)
Email: advice@acnc.gov.au
Mail: Advice Services, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, GPO Box 5108, Melbourne VIC 3001
Fax: 1300 232 569


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